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Newton County School System announces 2010 Teachers of the Year
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The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2010 Newton County Teacher of the Year. Each of the 23 nominees was elected as the 2010 Teacher of the Year at his or her school.

This year's nominees were required to submit essay answers on a number of questions concerning their educational background, philosophy, and style of teaching. On Monday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 27, each teacher will sit for a 20?minute interview to be conducted by a panel of volunteer judges representing Newton County Schools, the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses and civic organizations.

Once scores from the essays and interviews are tallied, the names of the top three finalists (the teachers with the three highest combined scores) will be announced on Friday, Oct. 30. The following Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Teacher of the Year selection committee will observe each of the three finalists in his or her classroom. The teacher with the highest combined score on the essay, interview and observation will be announced as the 2010 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at Newton High School on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 4:45 p.m.

The Newton County School System would like to congratulate each of the Teachers of the Year, as they are all worthy of this special honor. As such, all 23 Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the reception at Newton High School, with the two runners?up each receiving a crystal vase. The 2010 Newton County Teacher of the Year will also receive a crystal vase, one dozen roses, and a check for $1,000. In addition, this year's winner will also represent Newton County School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

Newton County's Teacher of the Year program would not be possible if it were not for the support of our community. As a result, the Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to the Chamber Champions, sponsors of the 2010 Teacher of the Year program: Bank of North Georgia; The Covington News; BB&T; Georgia Directory Company; United Bank of Covington; Patillo Construction; Newton Federal Bank; Snapping Shoals EMC; at&t; Newton Citizen; Sunbelt Builders; Bizzy Bee Exterminators; Georgia Power; Tread Technologies Company; Essex Bank; Newton Medical Center; Pinnacle Bank and Mosely Electric.

2010 Teachers of the Year

East Newton - Amanda Wagner (second grade)
Ficquett -Kristen Emerson (fourth grade)
Heard-Mixon - Melanie Sheets (fourth grade)
Live Oak - Donna Edmiston (kindergarten)
Livingston - Gail Bemis (third grade)
Mansfield - Alicia Lindsey (first grade)
Middle Ridge - Rebecca Sizemore (second and third grade EIP)
Oak Hill - Renee Henderson (first grade)
Palmer-Stone - Amber St. Clair (first grade)
Porterdale - Jeanie Whitehead (fourth grade)
Rocky Plains - Rachel Wingate (first grade)
South Salem - Tomi Kiser (first grade)
West Newton - Bridgette Norris (fifth grade)
Cousins - Rebecca Madsen (Title I sixth-eighth)
Indian Creek - Julia Sheets (physical education)
Liberty - Teresa Broadwater (math)
Veterans Memorial - Jennifer Kiesel (physical education)
Alcovy - Angela Cooper (science)
Eastside - Amber Mann (literature)
Newton - George Miles (ninth grade literature)
Fairview Theme - Laurie Carpenter (second grade)
Clements Theme - Judith Cloyd (special education)
Sharp Learning Center - Kiisha Walker?Gibbs (math)