Wake County Schools

Wake County names Teacher of the Year semifinalists

Posted February 23, 2015

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County Public School System announced 26 semifinalists Monday for its 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Award. 

Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the candidates develop portfolios that highlight the work they do and describe their teaching philosophy. 

A selection committee chooses 13 finalists who appear before the committee for an interview prior to a winner being chosen. The finalists will be named on April 14, and the winner will be named during an annual school system banquet on May 14. 

Semifinalists for the award: 

Juli Betts, West Cary Middle School
Mary Catherine Burnette, Bugg Elementary School
Denetera Cobb, North Garner Middle School
Vicky Deans, Lake Myra Elementary School
Denise Dent, Turner Creek Elementary School
Karen Gaines, Millbrook Elementary School
Janet Glasgow, Holly Ridge Elementary School
Karyn Gloden, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Staci Hester, Lacy Elementary School
Jean Hockenyos, Wakefield Elementary School
Susan Holland, Reedy Creek Middle School
Austin James, Millbrook High School
David Jones, Brentwood Elementary School
Michelle LeRoy, Penny Road Elementary School
Cynthia Linton, Stough Elementary School
Shannon Lowry, Rolesville Middle School
Clinton McCaskill, Heritage High School
Ruth McCoy, Fuquay-Varina High School
Karla Nantz, Cary High School
Matthew Scialdone, Middle Creek High School
Sydney Sherry, York Elementary School
Erline Speed, Zebulon Middle School
Laura Stiles, Wakefield High School
Leah Sutton, Centennial Middle School
Sandra Tyndall, East Wake School of Health Science
Alison VanKerckhove, Willow Springs Elementary School


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  • Jack Jones Feb 23, 2015
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  • Roy Hinkley Feb 23, 2015
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    What are you trying to get at?

  • Todd Jenkins Feb 23, 2015
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    Anyone notice most of these schools are the ones getting C's and D's by the State Board of Education??