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Wakulla County 2005/2006
Teachers of the Year are Selected

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From left to right:  Katherine Spivey (WMS), Pat Thomas (SES),
Pat Alexander (WEC), Bill Taylor (RMS), Beth O'Donnell, Asst. Superintendent,
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:

Crawfordville Elementary School:      
Renee Kelly
Medart Elementary School:
 Brooke Mohr
Shadeville Elementary School:
 Pat Thomas
Riversprings Middle School:
 Bill Taylor
Wakulla Middle School:
 Katherine Spivey
Wakulla Educational Center:
 Pat Alexander
Wakulla High School:
 Karrie Musgrove

(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

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