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Hoover City Schools Announces Teachers of the Year 2022

December 15, 2021

(Hoover, AL) - Gerri Evans has been named the 2022-2023 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Hoover City Schools.  On Wednesday, December 15, district leaders surprised Evans at Bluff Park Elementary School (BPES) with the exciting news.  Evans is a STEAM teacher and has taught at BPES since 2016. Her principal describes her as a master educator with a fearless approach to education, as well as a mentor to other STEAM teachers in the district.  Evans is known for her innovative and engaging STEAM student learning strategies and for consistently meeting with teachers and district leaders to collaborate and improve her craft.  Evans has been with Hoover City Schools for 20 years and has a true passion for education. She has focused her time outside of school on Girls in STEM and has played an instrumental role in the Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) organization in Hoover for the past six years. Evans’ goal as a teacher is to share her love for learning with her students so they will become lifelong learners like herself.  She was recently named as a 2020 state finalist for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

Paul McEwan has been named the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Hoover City Schools.  District leaders surprised McEwan and his students with the news on Wednesday afternoon at Hoover High School (HHS). McEwan has taught at HHS since 2006 and is currently a 9th-grade Pre-AP Biology teacher and an 11th and 12th-grade International Baccalaureate Biology teacher. He is known by his colleagues as someone who makes a difference in the classroom and in the lives of students, and an educator with innovative teaching practices who encourages students to think critically. McEwan’s principal touts his strategy of studying his students’ data and meeting their academic needs with interesting and innovative labs and lessons. McEwan is a certified trainer for Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) and provides professional development for science teachers across the nation. He was selected as Alabama’s 2021 Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year. McEwan wants to be remembered as a teacher who demanded a lot from students but fiercely supported them every step of the way.

Members of the selection committee for Hoover City Schools Teacher of the Year say both Evans and McEwan have a wealth of experience and are held in high regard by their peers, and their teaching places a high level of emphasis on student engagement and technology integration. Evans and McEwan will now represent Hoover in the 2022 Alabama Teacher of the Year competition!

Each campus in the Hoover City Schools District selects a Teacher of the Year each school year. From that group, the Elementary and Secondary winners are chosen.  Teachers of the Year across the district are: 



Bluff Park: Geri Evans

Brock's Gap: Lisa Sparkman

Deer Valley: Samantha Thrasher

Green Valley: Melissa Wilcox

Greystone: Anna Tow

Gwin: Kelley Feagin

Riverchase: Courtney Beam

Rocky Ridge: Jennifer Manley

Shades Mountain: Elizabeth Lochamy

South Shades Crest: Karen Pirkle

Trace Crossings: Celeste Burton



R.F. Bumpus: Jasmine Jenkins

Berry: Tory Hixon

Simmons: Sarah Cox



Hoover: Paul McEwan

Spain Park: Joy Gonzalez

RC3: Andy Poker