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UCPS Teacher of the Year competition down to 11 finalists
The 2015-16 Union County Public Schools Teacher of the Year will be named next week. The competition has furthered narrowed from 20 semifinalists to 11 semifinalists.
The 11 finalists are highlighted below, listed in alphabetical order, by school:
Leslie Craven – CATA – has been an educator for 15 years; three of those have been at CATA, where she is the band director.
Glenn Baron – Kensington Elementary – has been teaching a total of 11 years; nine have been at Kensington Elementary. His first career was in veterinary medicine. Baron teaches fifth-grade.
Matthew Montroy – Marvin Ridge High – has been teaching since 2007; and has been with UCPS since 2008. He is currently a social studies teacher.
Jonathan Harbin – Monroe High School – has been teaching for a total of 15 years, nine at Monroe High School. He is an English teacher.
Meredith Sizemore – Porter Ridge Elementary – has been teaching a total of four years, two at Porter Ridge Elementary School, where she teaches first grade.
Ria Rorbacher – Rock Rest Elementary – has been teaching a total of 13 years, the past six have been at Rock Rest Elementary, where she currently serves as a literacy facilitator.
Lisa Austen – Sandy Ridge Elementary – has been a teacher for 19 years. She has been at Sandy Ridge Elementary for the past two years teaching kindergarten.
Mary Lucinda Atwell – Shiloh Elementary – has been in education for 11 years. For the past year, she has been teaching first grade at Shiloh Elementary.
Gary Anderson – Sun Valley High – has been in education for eight years. He has taught at Sun Valley High School for the past six years, where he currently teaches English III and English IV.
Jennifer (Michelle) Medlin – Unionville Elementary – has been in education or the past 15 years, all of which have been at Unionville Elementary, where she currently teaches first grade.
Chloe Holsman – Walter Bickett Elementary – has been in education for 12 years, all of which have been at Walter BIckett Elementary, where she currently teaches fourth grade.
A five-person district committee individually reviewed and scored portfolios from the 53 school-level teachers of the year, choosing the top 20 candidates as semi-finalists. A different committee then performed individual interviews of those 20 semi-finalists, further narrowing the search to 11 finalists.
The teacher with the highest combined score from the portfolio, interview and classroom observation is then named as the 2015-2016 Union County Public Schools Teacher of the Year at the April 23 annual Teacher of the Year Banquet.
Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe - UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 14, 2015 by Deb Coates Bledsoe