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Teachers of the Year announced
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The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 2010?2011 school level Teachers of the Year. Each teacher was selected by his or her peers as their school's Teacher of the Year at the end of the 2010?2011 school year. (Teachers represent schools in existence last year; therefore, Ficquett and Palmer?Stone are included and Flint Hill and the Newton College and Career Academy are not.) These teachers will now participate in the county program with the winner serving as the Newton County School System's 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Over the summer, each of the nominees worked on the district essay packet, which required each teacher to answer a number of questions concerning their educational background, philosophy, and style of teaching. On Tuesday, September 13 and Wednesday, September 14 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 Monday, September 19. The following Monday, September 26, 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 Newton County School System's 2012 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at Newton High School on Thursday, October 6 at 4:45 p.m.

The Newton County School System would like to congratulate each of the school Teachers of the Year, as they are all worthy of this special honor. As such, all 22 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 2011
Newton County Teacher of the Year will also receive a crystal vase, a Teacher of the Year ring from Herff?Jones, 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 2012 Teacher of the Year program: Honda of Conyers, Bank of North Georgia, General Mills, Snapping Shoals
EMC, BB&T, Capes Property Management, Integrated Power Solutions, Pattillo Construction, United Bank, Antiques & Stuff, AT&T, Beaver Manufacturing Company, Bizzy Bee Exterminators, DeKalb Technical College, Georgia Perimeter College. Georgia Power, Ginn Motor Company, Newton Citizen, Newton Federal Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Sunbelt Builders, and Tread Technologies.

2010-2011Teachers of the Year
East Newton Elementary - Karen Greene
Fairview Theme School - Tracy Keil
Ficquett Elementary - Donna Harris
Heard-Mixon Elementary - Amy Rains
Livingston Elementary - Sue Standridge
Live Oak Elementary - Rothell Lewis, Jr.
Mansfield Elementary - Lauran Shannon
Middle Ridge Elementary - Lisa Ciuffetelli
Oak Hill Elementary - Holli McEwen
Palmer-Stone Elementary - Jennifer Harper
Porterdale Elementary - Kimberly Porterfield
Rocky Plains Elementary - Jessica Allred
South Salem Elementary - Tiffany McWaters
West Newton Elementary - Tracy Clay
Clements Middle - Patrice Peek
Cousins Middle - Michael Johnston
Indian Creek Middle - Charnese Phillips
Liberty Middle - Dr. Audrey Butler
Veterans Memorial - Middle Kathleen Dunn
Alcovy High - Jennifer Bowman
Eastside High - Judy Smith
Newton High - Aaron Robinson