Georgia Ports Authority, WTOC-TV honor Top Teachers


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The Georgia Ports Authority and WTOC-TV Top Teacher Award was established to recognize those in area classrooms who clearly demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence.

The nominations for 2017 Top Teacher were collected from more than 50 schools, from kindergarten through 12th-grade classes, in 22 counties.

Nominees were rated on three criteria: sharing a love of learning, civic and/or volunteer activities, and providing a positive role model. This year’s honorees were celebrated May 11, 2017 at the Georgia Ports Authority Garden City Terminal. 

Teachers gathered at the Ports Authority for a tour of the ports and were then honored at the Top Teacher Luncheon.


Congratulations 2017 Top Teachers!

Katie Sikes Almand
Springfield Elementary

LaTasha Bain
Shuman Elementary School

Kerry Bayens
McAllister Elementary School

Kathy Beaty

The Habersham School

Tina Blackston

St. James Catholic School

Mary Boland

Dr. George Washington Carver Upper Elementary

Joshua Brewer
Calvary Day School

Amanda Browher
Ebenezer Elementary School 

Julie Brown
Brooklet Elementary School 

Parker Collins

Hilton Head Christian Academy

Sydna Davidson

Sallie Zetterower Elementary

Nicole Dillon
Oglethorpe Charter School

Sonja Dowd
Toombs Central Elementary School

Stephanie Ducey
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School

Wendy Fears
Effingham County High School

Jeremy Gantt
Southeast Bulloch High School 

Jenny Graham
Wayne County High School

Allison Groeper
Coastal Middle School

Thomas Hilker
Claxton Elementary School

Lynda Hill
Effingham County High School

Sue Nell Hinson
Ebenezer Elementary School

John Klaras
Tybee Island Maritime Academy

Lori Knight
Bryan County Elementary

Tippy Lunsford
Statesboro High School

Beth Marsh
Screven County Elementary

April Mattson
Calvary Day School

Patricia McGonagle
Midway Middle School

Jay McNeely
Nevils Elementary School

Wanda Miller
Thunderbolt Elementary

Letha Moore
White Bluff Elementary School

Tracey  Moyse
Frank Long Elementary School

Marsha Neal
Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle

Brian Nixon
Liberty County High School

Venecia Richardson
Southwest Middle School

Katy Richter
Brooklet Elementary

Mary Seginack
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic School

Myria Shipman
Islands High School 

Liz Stratford
The Learning Treehouse

Ashley Summers
Ebenezer Elementary School