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Shown above, from left, are Secondary Teacher of the Year Toni Shaddix, Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge, and Elementary Teacher of the Year Sherrie Taylor.


LaFAYETTE – Nominees for outstanding elementary and secondary “Teacher of the Year” awards were each presented plaques of recognition and achievement during a recent meeting of the Chambers County Board of Education. From that group, two finalists were announced as the overall winners.


            Vying for top honors this year at the elementary level were Mary Ann Daves of Eastside, Willonda Caffie of Fairfax, Mary Ann Spence of Five Points, Courtney Peacock of Bob Harding-Shawmut, Sherrie Taylor of Huguley, and Yolandria Rachel of LaFayette Lanier.


            Nominees at the secondary level included Jill Romine of J. P. Powell, Kelly Mezick of W. F. Burnes, Jennifer Williams of Career Technical Center, Precious White-Jordan of LaFayette High School, and Toni Shaddix of Valley High School.


            “Teachers of the Year are selected by a panel of different people,” said Chambers County School Superintendent Dr. Kelly Hodge. “They look at each nominee’s teaching strategies, their innovation, letters of recommendation written by students, parents, and from colleagues. A lot of different data goes into the selection process.”


            Winner of the “Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year” award was Huguley nominee Sherrie Taylor, while Toni Shaddix of Valley High School was recipient of the “Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year” award.


            “All of our teachers do an exceptional job of educating their students,” said Hodge. “We congratulate this year’s winners while expressing our gratitude for their outstanding service.”


By David Bell

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