Teachers across York, Chester and Lancaster counties are learning this month that they’re favorites.
The teachers are being honored as winners in The Herald media company’s third annual Favorite Teacher Contest. Each year, The Herald and heraldonline.com invite students to submit essays nominating their favorite teachers. A panel of Herald employees examines the nominations and selects a high school, middle school and elementary school winner in each of the six school districts in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.
All teachers, including those at charter and private schools, are eligible.
For the last two weeks, Herald Publisher Debbie Abels and Editor Paul Osmundson have visited schools to surprise and honor winners. Each of the “Favorite” teachers receives a certificate, a copy of the student’s nomination, a subscription to The Herald’s Newspaper in Education program, and a $100 gift card to use in her or his classrooms.
More than 800 nominations were received in this year’s contest.
By the end of the school year, all winners will be honored by The Herald media company, the nominating students, colleagues and others. Look for updates on heraldonline.com after each teacher is honored.
All of the winning teachers and the students who nominated them will be featured in August in “Class,” The Herald’s annual back-to-school special section.
The winners honored so far are:
Chester County School District
▪ Music teacher Eric Greene, Great Falls Elementary; nominated by Christian Jackson.
▪ Social studies teacher Kimberly Simpson, Chester Middle School; nominated by Evan Bass.
▪ Graphic communications teacher Sherry Adams, Chester County Career Center; nominated by Brandi Catledge.
Rock Hill School District
Fifth-grade teacher Carman Austin, India Hook Elementary; nominated by Lauren Church.
Seventh-grade teacher Julie Marshall, Saluda Trail Middle; nominated by Kyla Eloi.
Fort Mill School District
Second-grade teacher Laura Watkins, Gold Hill Elementary; nominated by Kaydence Carpenter.
Eighth-grade teacher Danielle Lennon, Banks Trail Middle; nominated by Molly Wiggins.
Clover School District
Fifth-grade teacher Jessica Harris, Kinard Elementary; nominated by Taylor Lingerfelt.
Chorus teacher Alex Bromell, Clover Middle; nominated by Annabeth Bearden.
Eleventh-grade teacher Leann Mellon, Clover High; nominated by Peyton Matthews.
York School District
Teacher Jaime Odom, York Intermediate; nominated by Angelica Velasco.
Teacher Tracy Warren, York Comprehensive High; nominated by Justin Carter.