Rock Hill schools name top teachers

dworthington@heraldonline.comMay 9, 2013 

— Twenty-nine educators have been named teachers of the year at Rock Hill schools.

The teachers were nominated by their peers. Each school then held a election to select its teacher of the year. Nomination criteria included the rapport the teachers have with students and parents, as well as the instructional abilities, professional development and classroom environment.

The teacher of the year for each school will compete for district teacher of the year honors. The Rock Hill district follows the guidelines for state teacher of the year. Applicants must write essays on their teaching philosophy, professional development and community involvement. An interview is also part of the process.

The district teacher of the year competes for state teacher of the year. This year, Jeff Venables, a chemistry teacher at Northwestern High School, was one of the five finalists.

Rock Hill schools’ teachers of the year are:

• Applied Technology Center: Suzanne Young, culinary arts

• Belleview Elementary: Crystal Stewart, third grade

• Castle Heights Middle: Pat Grawe, seventh-grade guidance counselor

• Central Child Development Center: Megan Sexton, special education

• The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle: Sheleea Leonard, third grade

• Dutchman Creek Middle: Andy Majors, sixth-grade social studies

• Ebenezer Avenue Elementary: Andrea Zampetopoulos, reading recovery

• Ebinport Elementary: Diane Bailey, first grade

• Exceptional Student Education: Alexandria Roman

• Finley Road Elementary: Carrie Gaffney, second grade

• Flexible Learning Center: Sharron Watson

• Independence Elementary: Jill Valk, first grade

• India Hook Elementary: Stacy Bunchman, first grade

• Lesslie Elementary: Tawanda Wells, fourth grade

• Mount Gallant Elementary: Julie Jackson, second grade

• Mount Holly Elementary: Jennifer Camp, fifth grade

• Northside Elementary School of the Arts: Pam Finley, third grade

• Northwestern High School: Melissa “Missy” Lehman, English

• Oakdale Elementary; Karen Hall, fourth grade

• Old Pointe Elementary; Tarrah Jackson, resource

• Rawlinson Road Middle: Rhonda Hudak, eighth grade

• Richmond Drive Elementary: Rita Whitesides, kindergarten

• Rock Hill High: Lynn Helms, exceptional student education

• Rosewood Elementary: Margaret “Casey” Davis, fifth grade

• Saluda Trail Middle: Samantha Goodman, exceptional student education

• South Pointe High: Jimmy Chrismon, drama

• Sullivan Middle: Susan Barnette, art

• Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies: Jenna Burris, second grade

• York Road Elementary: Angela Covington, kindergarten

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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