GC educators select teachers of the year – The Daily Reporter
GREENFIELD — Teachers at Greenfield-Central School Corp. recently honored their peers by selecting a teacher of the year from each school.
Each school had its own criteria for appointing teachers, but followed the district’s underlying guidelines, which were to “honor a teacher who has exemplified by helping their students imagine, explore, and achieve.”
Each finalist will receive a keepsake to recognize the honor, while the teacher selected as Teacher of the Year will also receive a cash gift of $1,500.
A video featuring Teachers of the Year will be shared with students and staff in each building on the first day of school for the 2022-23 school year.
When nominating their peers, teachers were encouraged to choose someone who demonstrates commitment to students and their learning; motivates students to learn and achieve at a high level; demonstrates a commitment to the teaching profession, personal growth and lifelong learning; and consistently exceeds public expectations among students, parents and administrators.
This year’s Teachers of the Year include Krysha Voelz, Greenfield-Central High School; Lindsey Cary, Greenfield Central Junior High School; Mechelle Smith, Maxwell Middle School; Amy Swartz, Greenfield Middle School; Jessica Atwood, Eden Elementary School; Jamie Thompson, Harris Elementary School; Kara Batton, JB Stephens Elementary School; Annie Wing, Weston Elementary School.
Dr Harold Olin, superintendent of Greenfield-Central Schools, said he was not at all surprised by the list of teachers selected.
“They are all fantastic educators who are making a profound impact in their respective schools,” he said. “Each of them is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the students they serve every day, and they work tirelessly to make it happen.”
Olin said it’s important to stop and recognize all the good things happening in the school district, and the annual Teacher of the Year awards are part of that ongoing recognition.
“Having lived through the last two years of the pandemic, I can say that it is more important than ever. Our teachers work hard throughout the year and the results of their efforts are laying a solid foundation for the future of our city, county, state and nation,” he said.
“I believe it is important to share these accolades with our local community so that they in turn can share their support for these wonderful educators.”