DOBSON — A Surry County Schools group met this week to discuss its 2017-18 teacher of the year award.
All 19 schools in the district have selected their individual teacher of the year winners.
Each school has a portfolio on the winner, which has been handed over to a selection committee.
According to Sonia Dickerson, director of communications, the committee has been interviewing each candidate this week. Then the members will vote to narrow down the list to three finalists.
“The selection committee will use a rubric and score the individual teachers on their written portfolio, the interview process, and their answers to interview questions,” said Dickerson.
The committee then will make visits to the finalists classrooms to see them in action.
“On May 12, central office administrators will go to the winning teacher’s school and surprise him/her,” said Dickerson. “We will also announce the principal of the year that day.”
Here are the winners for each school in the district.
Cedar Ridge – Debra Hicks, first-grade teacher
Copeland – Tina Howlett, fourth-grade teacher
Dobson – Christal Freeman, fifth-grade teacher
Flat Rock – Phillip Riekehof, fourth-grade teacher
Franklin – Amy Clement, fifth-grade teacher
Mountain Park — Martha Arrington, pre-K to fifth, P.E. and digital learning teacher
Pilot Mountain – Karen Long, third-grade teacher
Rockford – Michelle Porterfield, kindergarten teacher
Shoals – Kodia Leftwich, second-grade teacher
Westfield – Kristi Halstead, K-3 Title I reading teacher
White Plains – Adam Johnson, second-grade teacher
Susan Mason – Central, seventh-grade English language arts
Jennifer Via – Gentry, art
Wilma Galyean – Meadowview Magnet, exceptional children
Rhonda Taylor – Pilot Mountain, sixth-grade math and science
Darrin Haywood – East Surry, ninth-grade history
Jane Loughmiller – North Surry – exceptional children
Stephanie Miller – Surry Central, art
Maggie McKee – Surry Early College, math
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.