Wake County Schools

Wake elementary school, teacher named best in US

Posted April 30, 2018 2:51 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:12 a.m. EDT

Teacher April Guenzler, in black sweater, was named the top magnet school teacher in the U.S.

— A Wake County teacher and one of its magnet schools have been named the best in their categories by a nationally known magnet school organization.

The Magnet Schools of America has named Farmington Woods International Baccalaureate Magnet Elementary School as the best magnet elementary school in the U.S., and April Guenzler, a teacher at Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary School, was named the nation's top magnet school teacher.

Farmington Woods award

The group announced the awards at its national conference on Saturday.

The Wake County Public School System was the only school district to claim two top national awards this year, the group said in a written statement.

Guenzler teaches kindergarten at Brooks Museums magnet school and has been an educator there for 16 years.

The award honors K-12 magnet teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom. Teachers can be considered for the honor based on recommendations by their peers, parents and students.

As part of the award, Farmington Woods magnet will receive a $2,500 prize.