Wakulla County 2005/2006
Teachers of the Year are Selected
From left to right: Katherine Spivey (WMS), Pat Thomas
Pat Alexander (WEC), Bill Taylor (RMS), Beth O'Donnell, Asst.
David Miller, Superintendent, Karrie Musgrove (WHS),
Brooke Mohr (MES),
and Renee Kelly (CES).
Every year one Wakulla County teacher is selected from each school who
has exemplified the qualities of what being an excellent teacher is all
about. These teachers are chosen through a voting process by
their own peers at each individual school. The seven Teachers of
the Year for 2005/2006 in Wakulla County are:
(For an in-depth article about each teacher, please click on their name above.)
Says David Miller, Wakulla County Superintendent of Schools, "Out of
all of our outstanding teachers, these outstanding teachers are
definitely some of our best. I am extremely proud of all seven of
our Teachers of the Year."
These seven winners will now go on to
compete for the District Teacher of the Year title. Each teacher
must fill out an extensive information packet containing questions
about their professional history, as well as in-depth descriptions of
their teaching philosophy and opinions on educational issues and trends.
According to Beth O'Donnell, Assistant Superintendent for
Instruction for the Wakulla County School System, the information
packets filled out by each
individual teacher are the same packets required by the State of
Florida for the teachers who go on to compete for the "Florida
Department of Education Macy's Teacher of the Year" state title.
The Wakulla County District Teacher of the Year will go forward to
compete at this level. Finalists will be chosen from each region,
and then the "DOE Macy's Teacher of the Year" for the State of Florida
will be announced in Orlando this summer.
Says O'Donnell, "It's so hard to select just one teacher for each
school because there are so many excellent teachers in Wakulla.
We will celebrate all the teachers on February 17th at Wakulla Middle
School at our annual Teacher of the Year breakfast."
Editor's Note: I would like to personally thank each one of
these inspirational, hard-working, dedicated teachers for allowing me
to interview them for this story (during their Christmas break, no
less!). Please take the time to read the individual articles
pertaining to each teacher. They are truly interesting, dynamic
people, and I am so glad I do not have to be part of the panel who will
decide who goes on to be the District winner. They are all
winners in my book! We as citizens and parents in Wakulla County
are truly blessed to have people of this caliber educating our
children. WE THANK YOU and ALL of the wonderful teachers who
teach in our school system.
-Mary Katherine Westmark