Dodson named Teacher of the Year

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM.

Carmel Dodson wasn’t so much surprised when Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton strolled into her third-grade room at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

As Dodson said later, she was a bit frightened.

Any fear was unwarranted, as highlighted by the decorative plant Norton was carrying, as Norton’s arrival was to recognize Dodson as Gulf District Schools Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Dodson, a reading teacher at the elementary school, was selected from fellow finalists T.C. Brewer, a science teacher from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School; Jay Bidwell, who teaches Spanish at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School; and language arts teacher Misty Harper from Wewahitchka Elementary School.

All four were voted their respective school’s teacher of the year by their peers. All were evaluated by an out-of-county group last week.

“This is more scary than the evaluation,” Dodson said after composing herself and wiping a few tears away. “I really just can’t believe this; that is about all I can say. I give everything, my heart, every day. There are a lot of deserving teachers who do the same thing.

“The kids teach me, my co-teachers teach me as I teach them. It is a team effort every day, 24 hours a day.”

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