CHIPLEY — The Washington County School Board was presented with the finalists for the district’s Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and School Related Employee of the Year for 2014 during Monday’s meeting in Chipley.
The reception and awards program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Chipley High School Library then move to the auditorium for the presentation, said Pat Collins, director of administrative services.
“There is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into being nominated for one of these awards,” said Board President Terry Ellis.
“The winner of the Teacher of the Year award goes on to compete with teachers from across Florida,” Collins said.
The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding classroom teachers who have demonstrated a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities, according to the state Department of Education website.
All full-time, public school classroom teachers, grades pre-K through 12, adult education teachers, postsecondary vocational/technical education teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, and department chairpersons who actively engage in classroom teaching are eligible for nomination.
For the district, each school nominates a candidate for the top district honor, Collins said.
Nominees for the Teacher of the Year award include Richard Davenport, Chipley High; Kimberly Hartzon, KMS Elementary; Jiranda White, Roulhac Middle; Amy Brown, Vernon Elementary; Sally Brock, Vernon High; Kimberly Brown, Vernon Middle; and Curtis Green, WHTC.
Nominees for Rookie Teacher of the Year include William Chomos, Chipley High; Kimberly Tuel, KMS Elementary; Christine Chomos, Roulhac Middle; Nicholas Winslow, Vernon Elementary; Sabrina Woods, Vernon High; Rodgers Coleman, Vernon Middle; and Sherri Skipper, WHTC.
School Related Employee of the Year nominees include Traci Grimes, Chipley Bus Garage; Jan Paul, District/Data/Media/WISE; Hazel Finch, Chipley High; Jeannie Davidson, KMS Elementary; Felisha McIntyre, Roulhac Middle; Jennifer Snowden, Vernon Bus Garage; Judy Tison, Vernon High; Donna Taylor, Vernon Middle; and Shirley Thompson, WHTC.
The board members also learned that CHS student Melanie Prescott has been selected by the National Achievement of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists to represent Chipley High School in Washington, D.C.
Chipley High School Principal Charles Williams told the board that Prescott will travel to the nation’s Capitol in February where she will have the opportunity to sit in on lectures given by world-renown authors. She will also observe surgeries where state-of-the-art robotic instruments are used.
In an effort to be awarded a scholarship to medical school, Prescott will compete against other high school students from across the country.
“This will give her a chance to earn up to $185,000 in scholarships,” Williams said.
The district also heard presentations on the Boyz To Men program at Vernon Middle School, and First Federal Bank presented a $1,000 check to Kate Smith Elementary teacher Wendy White for the AR reading program.