County schools interview TOY nominees


By Jeff Linville - jlinville@s24476.p831.sites.pressdns.com



Shoals Elementary Schools presents its teacher of the year and teacher assistant of the year awards recently. The winner for teacher assistant, left, is Melva Spurrier, while Kodia Leftwich earned the teacher and thus was nominated for district teacher of the year.


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Copeland Elementary School has recognized Tina Howlett, left, as teacher of the year and Susan Hill as teacher assistant of the year.​


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Rockford Elementary honors Michelle Porterfield, left, and Jennifer Gonzalez as teacher and teacher assistant of the year.


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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.

Elementary

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

Middle Schools

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

High Schools

Darrin Haywood – East Surry, ninth-grade history

Jane Loughmiller – North Surry – exceptional children

Stephanie Miller – Surry Central, art

Maggie McKee – Surry Early College, math

Shoals Elementary Schools presents its teacher of the year and teacher assistant of the year awards recently. The winner for teacher assistant, left, is Melva Spurrier, while Kodia Leftwich earned the teacher and thus was nominated for district teacher of the year.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Shoals-Spurrier-Leftwich.jpgShoals Elementary Schools presents its teacher of the year and teacher assistant of the year awards recently. The winner for teacher assistant, left, is Melva Spurrier, while Kodia Leftwich earned the teacher and thus was nominated for district teacher of the year. Submitted photos

Copeland Elementary School has recognized Tina Howlett, left, as teacher of the year and Susan Hill as teacher assistant of the year.​
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Copeland-Howlett-Hill-TOY.jpgCopeland Elementary School has recognized Tina Howlett, left, as teacher of the year and Susan Hill as teacher assistant of the year.​ Submitted photos

Rockford Elementary honors Michelle Porterfield, left, and Jennifer Gonzalez as teacher and teacher assistant of the year.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Rockford-TOY.jpgRockford Elementary honors Michelle Porterfield, left, and Jennifer Gonzalez as teacher and teacher assistant of the year. Submitted photos

By Jeff Linville

jlinville@s24476.p831.sites.pressdns.com

Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

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