Twenty-three teachers have been named Newton County School System and the New County Chamber of Commerce's 2014 to 2015 teachers of the year.
Each teacher was selected by his or her peers at the end of the 2014 through 2015 academic year. Those selected will participate in the county program to serve as the Newton County School System's 2016 Teacher of the Year.
In addition to filling out a questionnaire about their educational background, philosophy and style of teaching, the 23 people were interviewed this week by a panel of judges representing the county's schools, Chamber of Comerce, and local business and civic organizations.
The top three finalists will be announced Friday. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the selection committee will observe each of the three finalists teaching in the classroom.
The 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced at a ceremony at the high school on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4:45 p.m. The teaacher will receive a crystal vase, a free, three-month car rental from Covington Ford, and $1,000. The winner will represent Newton County School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program.
The 23 people selected as teachers of the year are: Leigh Pickrell, East Newton Elementary; Angie Dean, Fairview Elementary; Allison Norman, Flint Hill Elementary; Donna Thompson, Heard-Mixon Elementary; Tarsha Williams, Live Oak Elementary; Winston Palmer, Livingston Elementary; Vanessa Carter, Mansfield Elementary; Lee Ann Gourlay, Middle Ridge Elementary; Kimberly Wilber, Newton County Theme School at Ficquette; Brittany Temples, Oak Hill Elementary; Tameka Clark, Porterdale Elementary; Roxanne Estridge Hayes, Rocky Plains Elementary; Bo Holden, South Salem Elementary; Zandra Mapp, West Newton Elementary; Denise Walker, Clements Middle Scool; Terry Badertscher, Cousins MIddle School; Amanda Angulo, Indian Creek Middle School; Courtney Randle, Liberty Middle School; Chandra Black, Veterans Memorial Middle School; Kristen Bagwell, Alcovy High School; Michael Poor, Eastside High School; Marina Goddard, Newton High School; and Kemily Pattillo, Newton College and Career Academy.