The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) announced the Top Ten Finalists for the Muscogee County School District Teacher of the Year designation. Finalists were culled down from a platform of 60 teachers – each named the Teacher of the Year for their respective schools. Finalists are (in no particular order):
Laura Stokes – Blackmon Road Middle 7th Life Science
Marlene Culpepper – Clubview Elem entary K-5th Spanish
Paul Hampton – Columbus High 9-12 Math and Drama
Nichole Baugh – Double Churches Elementary 1st Grade
Tesharra Alexander – East Columbus Magnet Academy 7th Language Arts and Reading
Victoria Thomas – Hardaway High 9-12 Business Education
Clayton Graham – Jordan High 9-12 Architecture and Engineering
Sally Ware – Reese Road Leadership Academy 1st Grade
Stephanie Fuerte – Shaw High 9-12 English
Stephanie Perryman – South Columbus Elementary K-3rd Focused Reading
The MEEF Board of Directors recognizes teachers who have dedicated themselves to excellence in the classroom. Each of the Top Ten finalists will be interviewed by the MEEF Selection Committee which is made up of business and educational leaders in Muscogee County. The Top Ten will then be culled down to the Top Three. The Top Three finalists will each get an onsite visit by the MEEF selection committee at their respective schools. Finally, the 2011 MCSD Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Gala on Tuesday, May 10th at the Trade Center to an expected crowd of 650 public education supporters.
The honored teacher will also represent Muscogee County as a candidate at the state level. Tickets to the Gala can be purchased at the RiverCenter Box Office April 18- April 29 for $50 each.
MEEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educational excellence by focusing on individual teachers who are innovative and exceptionally effective in their profession. The Foundation has awarded over $1,250,000 to innovative teachers through financial incentives in the TOTY program, the MEEF Grant program and the MEEF Endowment Fund.