Dodson named Teacher of the Year

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

That team effort was on full display as Norton arrived.

Third grade teachers had their students huddled and waiting in the third grade pod and the kids poured in to clap and hoot for their Ms. Dodson.

Dodson is known as a caring and devoted teacher, one who goes the extra mile for students, from writing grants to the Gulf Education Foundation to bring innovative programs into the classroom to spearheading the creation of the school’s butterfly garden.

She is particularly involved, said Port St. Joe Elementary School Principal Sue Gannon, in assisting those who struggle.

“Carmel is a great teacher, very innovative,” Gannon said. “She is always looking for ways to help her students, whether working on their weaknesses or playing to their strengths.

“She is very much concerned about those students with special needs, who might not come from a great home life, who struggle in the classroom, who might not be our top students.”

Or, as her former principal Melissa Ramsey, now the district supervisor for curriculum and testing, Dodson’s heart is always evident.

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