Teacher of the Year candidates named

School Board

The Gulf County School Board kept its officers in place during last week’s organizational session, Linda Wood continuing as board chair and George Cox remaining vice chair.

Tim Croft
Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM.

Beginning a new expanded format for recognizing the top teachers, each public school named its teachers and employee of the year candidates last week.

The teacher of the year selections will vie in January for District Teacher of the Year, who will go on to represent the district in state competition in the spring.

The employee of the year candidates will undergo a similar process, with the District Employee of the Year named in January and moving onto to state competition.

This year, the School Board voted to add a new wrinkle to the process. Come April the district will name a Rookie Teacher of the Year award to a teacher in their first year in the district.

“We wanted to expand the ways we recognize our teachers,” said Melissa Ramsey, district Supervisor for Assessment and Testing.

The teacher of the year candidates announced during faculty meetings last Wednesday are: Cindy Phillips from Port St. Joe Elementary School; Julie Hodges from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School; Karen Turner from Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School; and Tracy Bowers at Wewahitchka Elementary School.

Each teacher of the year candidate was selected in voting by the faculty at their school, so they are selected by their peers.

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