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The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 2012-2013 school level Teachers of the Year. Each teacher was selected by his or her peers as Teacher of the Year at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. As such, these teachers will now participate in the county program with the winner serving as the Newton County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Over the summer, each of the nominees worked on the district Teacher of the Year essay packet, which required each teacher to answer a number of questions concerning their educational background, philosophy, and style of teaching. On Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 each teacher will sit for a 20-minute interview to be conducted by a panel of volunteer judges representing Newton County Schools, the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses and civic organizations.

Once scores from the essays and interviews are tallied, the names of the top three finalists (the teachers with the three highest combined scores) will be announced on Friday, September 13. The following Tuesday, September 17, the Teacher of the Year selection committee will observe each of the three finalists in his or her classroom. The teacher with the highest combined score on the essay, interview, and observation will be announced as the Newton County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year during a special ceremony at Newton High School on Thursday, September 26 at 4:45 p.m.

The Newton County School System would like to congratulate each of the school Teachers of the Year, as they are all worthy of this special honor. As such, all 23 Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the reception at Newton High School, with the two runners-up each receiving a crystal vase. The 2014 Newton County Teacher of the Year will also receive a crystal vase, a free, three-month car rental from Covington Ford, and a check for $1,000. In addition, this year’s winner will also represent Newton County School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program.

Newton County’s Teacher of the Year program would not be possible if it were not for the support of our community. As a result, the Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to the Chamber Champions, sponsors of the 2014 Teacher of the Year program: Bridgestone Golf; CPI: Contract Packaging Inc.; General Mills; Ginn Motor Company; Snapping Shoals EMC; Apollo Staffing; Bank of North Georgia; BB&T; Current Events Productions; Georgia Power; Newton Federal Bank; Newton Medical Center; Pattillo; SKC, Inc.; TPA Realty Services; United Bank of Covington; Vestar Technologies; AT&T; Baxter; Beaver Manufacturing; Choate Construction; Georgia Perimeter College; Honda of Conyers; Michelin; Newton Citizen; Pinnacle Bank; Potts Construction; ProLogistix; Sunbelt Builders; and Triple Horse.

2012-2013 Teachers of the Year






East Newton Elementary


Tonya Doss

Fairview Elementary


Cindi Helms

Flint Hill Elementary


Kim McSwain

Heard-Mixon Elementary


Maria Hargrove

Live Oak Elementary


Kimberly Inscho

Livingston Elementary


Kathy Shropshire

Mansfield Elementary


Karen Piper

Middle Ridge Elementary


Valerie Strickland

Newton County Theme School at Ficquett

Wendi Carnes

Oak Hill Elementary


Nicole Benton

Porterdale Elementary


Tammy Rogers

Rocky Plains Elementary


Shannon Barron

South Salem Elementary


Ginger O’Neal

West Newton Elementary


Tequila Anthony

Clements Middle


Sondra Glenn

Cousins Middle


Michelle Ozburn

Indian Creek Middle


Cheryl Rankins

Liberty Middle


Kelli Wesley

Veterans Memorial Middle


Kellen Ellis

Alcovy High


Bill Gibbons

Eastside High


Ashley Rickard

Newton High


Nicholas Jones

Newton College & Career Academy


Dolores Williams


For more information on the Newton County School System Teacher of the Year program, contact Ms. Sherri Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at 770-784-2908.