2017 Teacher of the Year awards granted to nine CSD teachersLeft to right: Superintendent David Dude, Teacher of the Year Jennifer Querubin, School Board Chair Annie Caiola. Photo obtained via City Schools of Decatur
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City Schools of Decatur recently announced 2017’s Teacher of the Year.
Jennifer Querubin not only won Teacher of the Year for Westchester Elementary, but was also named District Teacher of the Year. She is a first grade teacher. A press release from CSD said, “She creates a classroom climate in which students learn to respect each others’ strengths and appreciate each other’s differences.”
For Clairemont Elementary, Ashlea Edwards earned the title for Teacher of the Year. According to CSD, Ashlea works to model Clairemont’s motto of “learning together with our heads, hearts, and hands.”
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Jessica Allen took the title for College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center this year, because “above all, Jessica’s focus is on student achievement.”
Karen Durisch “works very hard to make sure each child feels successful,” according to CSD, earning her Teacher of the Year for Glennwood Elementary.
Kendria Paden is Oakhurst Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, and CSD said she “is known throughout the building for her quiet and effective leadership.”
Toni Sulmers earned Teacher of the Year for Winnona Park Elementary. CSD said she “is innovative, caring, and is always seeking ways to grow as an educator so she can be an even better teacher for her students.”
Jonah Goode was named Teacher of the Year for 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue, where he “does an amazing job of giving students the most fun experience a 4th grader can have.”
Renfroe Middle School’s Teacher of the Year is Krysta Johnson. According to CSD, five years ago “she pitched an idea of taking the traditional Family and Consumer Science class and turning it into a cross-curricular course to support [the International Baccalaureate program] at Renfroe.”
Beth Lewis earned Teacher of the Year for Decatur High School. CSD said, “She goes above and beyond to motivate her students.”
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