Teacher of the Year

WCPS Names 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS Names 2017-2018 Teacher of the YearMeadow Lane Elementary 4th grade teacher, Emily West, has been selected as the Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Thursday night at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet held at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Ms. West has 15 years of teaching experience, all in her present position. She says her teaching style is similar to how a conductor directs an orchestra; with precision, grace and complete control, which results in a beautiful masterpiece.

“I believe to be a successful teacher in today’s society; where social media, television, music and social pressures constantly challenge students’ self esteem, a teacher’s role in creating a positive and nurturing classroom environment is crucial,” states Ms. West. “It is my belief that learning should be engaging, exciting, and enjoyable, while lessons should allow for collaboration, critical thinking, unlimited creativity, and meet the needs of all learning styles.”

Ms. West holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, is National Board Certified and is a recognized “teacher leader” at her school.

“Ms. West is willing to go to all lengths needed to meet the needs of a diverse student body,” states Wendy Hooks, MLE principal. “She exemplifies all the attributes of a model teacher. She has proven extraordinarily effective in her teaching ability, reflected in her students’ academic growth and learning, end of grade assessment scores, and her own professional growth as an educator.”

Administrators say with such qualified finalists in the Teacher of the Year Program, it was a difficult task for the selection committee to narrow the honor to one.

“The selection committee formally interviewed each finalist and completed a thorough review of their professional teacher portfolios,” states Dr. Michael Dunsmore, WCPS Superintendent, “Ms. West proved herself to be a passionate advocated for students and a dedicated, knowledgeable, caring, and inspiring teacher. We congratulate her on this outstanding achievement and wish her the very best in the next stage of the Teacher of the Year program.”

Ms. West will now advance to the regional Teacher of the Year program. In addition, as the WCPS Teacher of the Year, she will receive a $1,500 check and a $5,000 Kemp/Twiford Travel/Study Award to be used to travel inside the United States.

The district’s Teacher of the Year finalists, Paul Casey (Norwayne Middle) and Kristin Thomas (Charles B. Ayock High) will each receive a $4,000 travel/study stipend.
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