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2019-20 Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalists Named

The search is officially on for our district’s top teacher. Out of more than 10,500 outstanding educators, 20 have been named semi-finalists for the Wake County Public School System 2019-20 Teacher of the Year title. Congratulations to the following:

  • Melissa Bradian, 8th Grade Language Arts & Social Studies, Davis Drive Middle
  • Wendy Branch, Grades 9-12 Math, Longview High
  • Kelly Denny, Grades 1-5 Cross Categorical Resource, Lead Mine Elementary
  • Toiya Dunbar, Grades 6-8 Fine Arts Band & Chorus, East Garner Magnet Middle
  • Lindsey Evans, 8th Grade Social Studies, Apex Friendship Middle
  • Kathy Foglia, Grades 1-5 Literacy Intervention, Wiley Magnet Elementary
  • Michael Grether, World History/Human Geography, Rolesville High
  • Josh Gurkin, Science, Physics & Chemistry, Apex High
  • Julia Huffman, 8th Grade Language Arts, Carroll Magnet Middle
  • Cindy Jarrett, 5th Grade, Durant Road Elementary
  • India Kingsberry, 6th Grade Math, East Millbrook Magnet Middle
  • Megan Gress Madlon, 3rd Grade, Alston Ridge Elementary
  • Stephanie McGrath, 2nd Grade, Reedy Creek Elementary
  • Lindsay McKee, 6th Grade Math & Science, Pine Hollow Middle
  • Elizabeth Price, Career & Technical Education, Vernon Malone High
  • Melissa Richer, Spanish, Holly Springs High
  • Jasmin Rowdy, K-5 STEAM Specialist, Hortons Creek Elementary
  • Kristen Valles, 3rd Grade Math & Science, Barwell Road Elementary
  • Cheryl Washington, 9th Grade English & Speech, Garner Magnet High
  • Tamiko Williams, Grades 7-9 Math Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy

Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated and elected by their peers at their individual schools. All nominees develop an eportfolio and short video to highlight their work and philosophy around teaching.

Selection committees review the portfolios and videos to narrow the field to a group of 20 semi-finalists. Committee members than complete site visits with the 20 semi-finalists. Scores from the eportfolio and the highlight video are combined with observation scores to determine the 10 finalists. The finalists then appear before an interview committee for the selection of the Teacher of the Year.

The 20 semi-finalists will be recognized at the March 5 Board of Education meeting. The 10 finalists will be announced in early April. The winner will be named at a special celebration in May at the Raleigh Convention Center.