Rock Hill schools select top teachers

scetrone@heraldonline.comMay 11, 2011 

Last month, Northwestern High School English instructor Patti Tate was crowned South Carolina's Teacher of the Year. On Tuesday, Rock Hill schools awarded a new round of standout educators.

Each of the district's schools this month named a teacher of the year to represent their campuses from July 1 through June 30, 2012. They were chosen by their colleagues, district spokeswoman Elaine Baker said.

After a selection process that will go into the summer, one teacher will be named as the District Teacher of the Year and two teachers will be named as Honor Roll teachers.

Tate, who was named Northwestern's top teacher this time last year, was one of five finalists for the state title. S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais, standing beside Gov. Nikki Haley, gave her the award last month at a banquet at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Rock Hill's latest teachers of the year are:

Janie Collins, Applied Technology Center, health science technology

Kaleena Gibson, Belleview Elementary, grade 3

Cheryl Mason-Furr, Castle Heights Middle, grade 6 language arts

Damon Ward, Central Child Development Center, kindergarten for 4-year-olds

Amy Koterba, The Children's School at Sylvia Circle, speech therapist

Chip Newton, Dutchman Creek Middle, grade 8 math

Sabrina Rhoden, Ebenezer Avenue Elementary, special education/resource

Melissa Wright, Ebinport Elementary, grade 3

Kelly Carolan, Exceptional Student Education, speech therapist

Leigh Ann Strickland, Finley Road Elementary, grade 1

Ken Napier, Flexible Learning Center, physical education at Rebound

Matt Hardman, Independence Elementary, grade 5

Heather Wilson, India Hook Elementary, English as a second language

Melissa Burroughs, Lesslie Elementary, music

Katie Abril, Mount Gallant Elementary, music

Kelly Hollingsworth, Mount Holly Elementary, special education

Stacey Lewis, Northside Elementary School of the Arts, grade 5

Steven Johnson, Northwestern High, Spanish

Lacey Sanders, Oakdale Elementary, grade 3

Deneen Gresham, Old Pointe Elementary, grade 1

Julianne Haley, Rawlinson Road Middle, grade 6 language arts/social studies

Kristina Marshall, Richmond Drive Elementary, speech therapist

Jennifer Molnar, Rock Hill High, business education

Casey Lefler, Rosewood Elementary, grade 5

April Ulmer, Saluda Trail Middle, grade 8 math

Lola Washington, South Pointe High, English

Corey Washington, Sullivan Middle, grade 7 language arts

Cassie Kitts, Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies, grade 2

Ryan Hinkleman, York Road Elementary, special education

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