9/28 Superintendent Carstarphen Surprises Three for 2017-18 Districtwide Teacher of the Year

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APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen Surprises Three Finalists for 2017-2018 Districtwide Teacher of the Year

ATLANTA – Three Atlanta Public Schools (APS) educators are districtwide 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year finalists. Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen surprised each finalist at the elementary, middle and high school levels. One of the three finalists will compete for the top honor, Teacher of the Year. The 2017-2018 Districtwide Teacher of the Year finalists are:

APS Elementary School Teacher of the Year – Jennifer Lockwood

Mrs. Jennifer Lockwood is a 13-year veteran and a third grade teacher at Springdale Park Elementary. As a tenured educator, Lockwood has presented annually at the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, participated in the 2012 Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teachers Academy, and is a recipient of the 2013 Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education. Mrs. Lockwood is driven by Nelson Mandela’s quote, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Atlanta Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Finalist Springdale Park Elementary – Jennifer Lockwood  

(From L-R) APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Springdale Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Jennifer Toney, APS Elementary School Teacher of the Year and APS Districtwide Teacher of the Year finalist Jennifer Lockwood, and Springdale Park Elementary School Principal Terry Harness surrounded by Mrs. Lockwood’s third grade students after the surprise announcement.

Photo Credit: Ben Dashwood, Raftermen Photography

 

APS Middle School Teacher of the Year – Mahoganey Jackson

As an 8th grade social studies teacher at Sylvan Hills Middle School, Mahoganey Jackson is described as enthusiastic, devoted, hardworking and the consummate professional. During her nine years in education, Ms. Jackson has also taught 6th–8th grade English Language Arts in both gifted and inclusive settings. Known for her effective teaching practices and impact on student achievement, Mrs. Jackson was recruited to be a curriculum writer for the APS units of study and further supported its implementation by leading districtwide professional learning. 

Atlanta Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Finalist Sylvan Hills Middle – Mahoganey Jackson  

(From L-R) Middle School Teacher of the Year and APS Districtwide Teacher of the Year Mahoganey Jackson, APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Sylvan Hills Middle School Principal Artesza Portee, District 6 Board Member, Eshe Collins surrounded by Ms. Jackson’s 8th grade class.  

Photo Credit: Ben Dashwood, Raftermen Photography

 

APS High School Teacher of the Year – Chef Larry Alford

Chef Larry Alford teaches Culinary Arts and serves as the Department Chair for CTAE, Art, World Language and Physical Education at Crim Open Campus. For Chef Alford, being a teacher is not just a job, but a true calling to serve humanity. Chef Alford’s resolve to ensure the success of his students has resulted in 100% of his students passing the end of pathway exam in 2017 and maintaining a 100% pass rate on the National Restaurant Association Servesafe Exam for the past three years. Through catering events and service-oriented projects, his students were able to raise over $30,000 to support the implementation of Social Emotional Learning activities, sponsor the school prom, and purchase student uniforms.

Atlanta Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Finalist Crim High – Chef Larry Alford  

(From L-R ) Alonzo Crim Open Campus Principal Dawn Parker, APS High School Teacher of the Year and APS Districtwide Teacher of the Year finalist Chef Larry Alford of Alonzo Crim Open Campus, District 5 Board Member Steven Lee, and APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen pose with Chef Alford’s students after being surprised in his classroom. 

Photo Credit: Ben Dashwood, Raftermen Photography

 

The finalists will be recognized during the APyeS! Awards ceremony at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 at Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, located at 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Candidates for Atlanta Public Schools Districtwide Teacher of the Year are nominated by their respective schools. APS then selects an elementary, middle school and high school teacher of the year from a list of semi-finalists to compete for the top honor.

 

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