Amy Broad Named 2014-2015 Lowndes County Schools’ Teacher of the Year

| August 6, 2014

Amy-BroadLOWNDES COUNTY, GA – At the August 1st convocation, the Lowndes County School System proudly recognized the 2014-2015 teachers of the year. Each year, one teacher is chosen from every school in the system. The selection process began in April with nominations taken from faculty and staff, parents or the community at each school. Following the nominations, school selection committees reviewed and evaluated the nominations to choose a school winner with a minimum of five years teaching experience and at least three in Lowndes County Schools, with a proven track record of increasing student achievement and with the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. Schools selected exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled individuals who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

Each school winner submitted an application packet that mirrors the Georgia Teacher of the Year application, with 10 pages of narrative writing. These applications were reviewed by 5 local judges with the top five applications evaluated by 6 out of system judges. The six out of town judges each rated the applications based on a rubric used for the Georgia Teacher of the Year program. Grading was based on the following areas: Professional Biography, Professional Learning, Community Involvement, Philosophy of Teaching, Education Issues, and The Teaching Profession and being The Georgia Teacher of the Year to select the system winner who will go on to compete for the Georgia Teacher of the Year in December with the winner to be named in May of 2015.

This year, Amy Broad from Pine Grove Middle School was selected by the judges as the system winner. Amy has been a Health and Physical Education teacher in Lowndes County since 2002 – at Lowndes Middle School from 2002 to 2009 and at Pine Grove Middle School since 2009. In her Teacher of the Year application, Amy wrote, “Through my philosophy, beliefs, and teachings as a physical educator, coach and mentor I strive to be a spark in all students’ lives, encouraging them to be more knowledgeable, healthy and physically active. As an educator, I want to leave a trace of myself and my passion for education every single day with each student I coach or teach.”

School winners: Craig Barnes, Parker Mathis Learning Center; Antonio Wesley, Lowndes Middle School; Barbara Bray, Clyattville Elementary School; Tammy Greenway, Moulton-Branch Elementary; Wendy Newman, Hahira Middle School; Amy Broad, Pine Grove Middle School; Cynthia Flowers, Westside Elementary School; Tara Weldon, Hahira Elementary School; Paula McKenzie, Pine Grove Elementary School; Catherine McGahee, Lake Park Elementary; Jennifer Copeland, Dewar Elementary School; and Christina DiTomasso, Lowndes High School.

All of the teachers were honored with a variety of gifts generously provided by members of the community. Combined, the gifts had a total worth of over $15,000! Presenting sponsors were Valdosta North Rotary and State Farm agents Travis Pate, Angie Crawford, Paul Cribbs, Bubba Highsmith, Brian Sumner, Kelly Barr, and Christi Marsh. State Farm will send all of the school winners to the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta for a professional learning experience and Valdosta North Rotary will honor the teachers and their guests at a September 9 dinner featuring Jamie Volmer.

Source: Lowndes County School System

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