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HCS 2013-14 Teachers of the Year

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16-Dec-2013 (HCS) -  Hoover City Schools' Teachers of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year have been announced.  An educator captures this top honor through faculty, staff and administration recommendations/nominations.  It represents the highest honor within a school.  

"Being selected by your peers for excellence is an incredible honor," Superintendent of Schools Mr. Andy Craig, said.  "We are fortunate to have high-quality teachers throughout our school system."

Hoover City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Ellen Anson, a 39-year teaching veteran currently serving in Rocky Ridge Elementary School's multi-handicapped, self-contained classroom.  The system's Secondary Teacher of the Year is Mr. Craig Thompson, a social studies teacher (9th/10th grades) at Spain Park High School.  Anson and Thompson were surprised in separate ceremonies at their schools on Monday, December 16, 2013.

"It's always an honor to recognize our teachers.  Teachers are the catalysts for learning; it's not just a profession, it's a vocation," Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mrs. Melody Greene, said.

"We are blessed with awesome teachers in all of our schools.  When one or a few of those awesome teachers are identified as ambassadors of the other awesome teachers, that is an occasion worth celebrating.  Iron sharpens iron, and these teachers challenge all of us to keep sharpening our tools to reach kids through creative and innovative teaching strategies," Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Ron Dodson, said.

HCS Teachers of the Year are put forward as State Board of Education District IV candidates for the Alabama Teacher of the Year Program, administered by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Alabama State Department of Education.

Hoover City Schools has been fortunate to have many teachers advance to represent the Alabama Teacher of the Year program.  As stated in the application process, the purpose of the Alabama Teacher of the year program is to "....seek annually to honor and recognize excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district and state levels."  The Alabama Teacher of the Year Program is separate from the Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame, another prestigious program which annually recognizes excellence in education.  See Hoover City Schools' JSU nominees.

For more information, please visit this link.  See all school-level Teachers of the Year for Hoover City Schools in the chart below.

Bluff Park Elementary Caroline Adams  
  • Fourth Grade
  • HCS 15 years 
  • Washington and Lee/Vanderbilt
  • 16 years teaching
Deer Valley Elementary Jan Curtis  
  • 1st Grade
  • HCS 5 years
  • UAB
  • 10 years teaching
Green Valley Elementary Nikki Barnett  
  • 3rd Grade
  • HCS 11 years
  • Auburn/UAB
  • 13 years teaching
Greystone Elementary Lydia Bartle  
  • 5th Grade
  • 17 years HCS
  • Saint Mary's College/UAB/Samford
  • Education since 1986
Gwin Elementary Bernadette Kavanagh  
  • Kindergarten
  • HCS 10 years
  • University of Derby (UK)/UAB
  • 14 years teaching
Riverchase Elementary Emily Causey  
  • Fourth grade
  • HCS 5 years
  • 10 years teaching
Rocky Ridge Elementary Ellen Anson  
  • Self-contained MH
  • HCS 6 years
  • Univ. West Fla./Ala. A&M
  • 39 years teaching
Shades Mountain Elementary Adriana Walker  
  • 5th Grade
  • HCS since 2011
  • UAB/Montevallo
  • 5 years teaching
South Shades Crest Elementary Betsy Crowley  
  • 4th Grade
  • HCS 8 years
  • Brigham Young Univ./UAB
  • 9 years teaching
Trace Crossings Elementary Dana Joyner  
  • 4th Grade
  • HCS 7 years
  • UAB/Samford
  • 7.5 years teaching
Brock's Gap Intermediate Whitney Cook  
  • 6th Grade Math
  • HCS nine years
  • Spring Hill College/UAB
  • 15 years teaching
Berry Middle Maya Britt  
  • 8th Grade Social Studies
  • HCS 16 years
  • Colgate Univ./UAB
  • 16 years teaching
Robert F. Bumpus Middle Matt Grainger  
  • 8th Grade Math
  • HCS 8 years
  • Auburn/UAB
  • 8 years teaching
Ira F. Simmons Middle Amanda Giles  
  • 8th Grade Language Arts
  • HCS 4 years
  • Univ. of Alabama/UAB
  • 4 years teaching
Crossroads School JoAnn Blackwell
  • English 9 & 10
  • HCS 21 years
  • Louisiana College
  • 29 years teaching
Hoover High Melissa Cantley  
  • ESL teacher
  • HCS 7 years
  • Bham Southern/P.U.C. Ecuador/UAB 
  • 7 years teaching
Spain Park High Craig Thompson  
  • 10th Grade AP US History
  • 9th Grade Career Prep: Law
  • HCS 10 years
  • Tulane/Montevallo
  • 13 years teaching

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