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Gwinnett County Public Schools 2012-13 Teachers of the YearWhat does it take to build great schools? Exceptional educators, of course. And Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has them in abundance. Hats off#to the GCPS 2012-13 Teachers of the Year.

Teachers who inspire and lead by example.#Teachers who expect excellence – and receive it!#Teachers who teach not only to music, algebra, English or physical education, but life lessons, too.

Jay Nebel
Jay Nebel

Jay Nebel “#Norcross High School#
2013 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year

Nebel was a social studies/geography teacher at Norcross High for the 2012-13 school year.

Click here to read the full story about this educator who is committed to making a difference in his students” lives with a #teaching style that inspires success.

Gwinnett County 2013 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Erica Leach
Erica Leach

Erica Leach “#Walnut Grove Elementary
Elementary School, 2013 Teacher of the Year

Erica Leach was on her way to becoming an attorney. But it just didn”t feel right. That changed one morning while reading an article about the national program, “Teach for America.”# She recalls how she felt while reading about the need for teachers in high-poverty areas saying, “I was angered and upset with all of the inequalities these children were facing because they were born into poverty – There it was. It felt right.”# Leach now supports Walnut Grove Elementary students and classroom teachers as the school”s Mathematics Specialist, a position she has held since 2007. She holds a bachelor”s degree in Political Science from Auburn University. She also completed the Teach Gwinnett Alternative Certification Program.

Heidi Mikulecky
Heidi Mikulecky

Heidi Mikulecky “#Richards Middle
Middle School, 2013 Teacher of the Year

The daughter of two retired educators, Heidi Mikulecky rebelled against them venturing into the world in search of a career different than that of her parents. Needless to say, destiny had something else planned for her. She explains, – – when I truly considered my strengths, talents and passions, all roads led to teaching.”# Mikulecky entered the teaching profession in 2008, as a teacher at Richards Middle where she teaches language arts to 6th graders. She earned a bachelor”s degree in Education from Georgia Southern University, and also holds a master”s degree in Education from Georgia State University.

Celisa Edwards
Celisa Edwards

Celisa Edwards “#Dacula Middle#

Two very important people in Celisa Edward”s life saw a teacher in her before she realized it herself – her middle school mathematics teacher who supported her when the subject became frustrating, and a friend of hers who encouraged her to go into teaching while they both attended graduate school together.#Edwards joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2004. After three years of teaching science to 6th graders at McConnell Middle, she moved to Dacula Middle in 2007 where she teaches all subjects to seventh graders today. Edwards earned her undergraduate degree in Natural Science from the Master”s College, a master”s degree in Integrating Technology into the Classroom from Walden University.

Dean Landers
Dean Landers

Dean Landers – Peachtree Ridge High#

As a mechanical engineering student in college, Dean Landers says he felt deeply unsatisfied with the career that awaited him after college. He had enjoyed tutoring classmates as a high school student but never really followed that calling to serve others. That changed during a semester abroad when he had the opportunity to teach English to Spaniards. Upon his return to the U.S., Landers completed his degree and began his journey as a teacher. He joined the faculty at Peachtree Ridge High as a physics teacher and has never looked back. Landers earned his mechanical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master”s degree in Science Education from Georgia State University.

Deborah Johnson
Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson – Berkmar Middle#

Deborah Johnson was working as a teacher”s assistant in an algebra course while in college when she realized teaching would be the career she would pursue. “During that first semester of teaching, I learned that I was given a gift: I could communicate mathematics in a manner that reached all students, regardless of ability,”# she recalls. “I saw many struggling learners grow and prosper under my guidance.”##She continues to see her students prosper today. This time at Berkmar Middle where she teaches Mathematics to 8th graders. Johnson received her bachelor”s degree in Mathematics, and her master”s degree in Teaching and Curriculum, both from Michigan State University.

Elementary School, 2012-13 Teachers of the Year

Alcova Elementary – Kakeshia A. Maloney
Alford Elementary – Lindsey Reddy
Anderson-Livsey Elementary – Amber Russell, Semifinalist
Annistown Elementary – Arthur Dale Grant, Jr.
Arcado Elementary – Rachel Ellen Bell
Beaver Ridge Elementary – Tracy Pelinsky
Benefield Elementary – Patricia Auten
Berkeley Lake Elementary – Candy Steventon
Bethesda Elementary – Lyndsey Klempay, Semifinalist
Britt Elementary – Pam Zuber
Brookwood Elementary – Debbie Taylor, Semifinalist
Burnette Elementary – Tracie Penn
Camp Creek Elementary – Ginger Whitley
Cedar Hill Elementary – Julie Asztalos
Centerville Elementary – John Warhol
Chattahoochee Elementary – Anne-Lise Botting,#Semifinalist
Chesney Elementary – Sarah Boyce, Semifinalist
Cooper Elementary – Bridgett S. Brown
Corley Elementary – Michelle Bellamy
Craig Elementary – Pam Nunn
Dacula Elementary – Kim Sutton
Duncan Creek Elementary – Cindy Gomez
Dyer Elementary – Ellen Hill
Ferguson Elementary – Elise Moore
Fort Daniel Elementary – Laura Williams
Freeman”s Mill Elementary – Suzanne Keller
Grayson Elementary – Le Gibson
Gwin Oaks Elementary – Michelle Webb, Semifinalist
Harbins Elementary – Sharon T. Mauney, Semifinalist
Harmony Elementary – Jill McKee
Harris Elementary – Tracy Evans, Semifinalist
Head Elementary – Lindsay Kyle, Semifinalist
Hopkins Elementary – Megan Carney
Ivy Creek Elementary – Patty Baxter
Jackson Elementary – Brittany Spence
Jenkins Elementary – Kristel R. Green
Kanoheda Elementary – Claudia Davila
Knight Elementary – Gretchen Stelten
Lawrenceville Elementary – Cheri Loy
Level Creek Elementary – Katie Turner, Semifinalist
Lilburn Elementary – Noreen A. Freeman
Lovin Elementary – Amy B. Lazic, Semifinalist
Magill Elementary – Cynthia Blue
Mason Elementary – Genie Quinn
McKendree Elementary – Paul Lovett, Semifinalist
Meadowcreek Elementary – Jennifer Kim,#Semifinalist
Minor Elementary – Charlotte Taylor
Mountain Park Elementary – Katie Malone
Mulberry Elementary – Kym Crosby, Semifinalist
Nesbit Elementary – Tanya Saucier
Norcross Elementary – Jackie Petree
Norton Elementary – Mary A. Zudekoff
Parsons Elementary – Sue French
Partee Elementary – Erin Breland
Patrick Elementary – Donita McClelland
Peachtree Elementary – Dorothy Granade Swindle
Pharr Elementary – Darika Stevens
Puckett”s Mill Elementary – Mallory Brock
Riverside Elementary – Lynne Franks
Roberts Elementary – Peggy Vanover
Rock Springs Elementary – Margaret Byrne
Rockbridge Elementary – Kim Farmer
Rosebud Elementary – Carol Bowman
Shiloh Elementary – Autumn Ginn
Simonton Elementary – Phoebe S. Jones
Simpson Elementary – Jos## J. Rivera Robert
Starling Elementary – Jessica Douglas
Stripling Elementary – Nikole B. Akande
Sugar Hill Elementary – Crystal Langley
Suwanee Elementary – Patti Barry
Sycamore Elementary – Emily Acevedo
Taylor Elementary – Pamela Wiggins
Trip Elementary – Nicole Esswein
Walnut Grove Elementary – Erica Leach, Elementary School Teacher of the Year
White Oak Elementary – Matthew Smith
Winn Holt Elementary – Erin Hogan, Semifinalist
Woodward Mill Elementary – Petra Hammond

Middle School, 2012-13 Teachers of the Year

Bay Creek Middle – Collette Tucker
Berkmar Middle – Deborah Johnson, Finalist
Couch Middle – Christy C. Stephenson
Creekland Middle – Megan C. Nagel
Crews Middle – Eleanor Ridley, Semifinalist
Dacula Middle – Celisa Edwards, Finalist
Duluth Middle – Erica Parkman
Five Forks Middle – Dr. John Culligan
Grace Snell Middle – Jane McCormick
Hull Middle – Shen##e J. Holloway
Jones Middle – Ashley Saye
Lanier Middle – Kinsey Edwards, Semifinalist
Lilburn Middle – Eric Sas
McConnell Middle – Monica A. Maragh
Moore Middle – Chasiree” K. Stone
North Gwinnett Middle – Ashley Rihner
Osborne Middle – Heather Brent
Pinckneyville Middle – Roland P. Ventura
Richards Middle “#Heidi Mikulecky, Middle School Teacher of the Year

High School, 2012-13 Teachers of the Year

Archer High – Jennifer Callaway
Berkmar High – Lindsay B. Watson
Brookwood High – Laura Moates Stanley, Semifinalist
Central Gwinnett High – Jennifer Ulbrich
Collins Hill High – Dr. Dora Bell
Dacula High – Abby Browning Peterson
Duluth High – Erica Millette
Grayson High – Dr. Christopher Blair
Lanier High – Naomi Kirchner
Meadowcreek High – Marieta Hamilton
Mill Creek High – Mike Lasseter
Mountain View High – Steve White
Norcross High – Jay Nebel, Gwinnett County Schools 2013 Teacher of the Year
North Gwinnett High – McCall Grosso, Semifinalist
Parkview High – Eric Brown
Peachtree Ridge High – Dean Landers, Finalist
Phoenix High – Willie Mckenzie
Shiloh High – Nancy Chrisman
South Gwinnett High – Andie McDaniel

Other Education Programs 2012-13 Teachers of the Year

Buice School – Heather Cannon
GIVE Center East – LaNadia Pugh
GIVE Center West – Dr. Charles Hawk
Gwinnett Online Campus-High – Kristin L. Sokol
Gwinnett Online Campus-Middle – Jennifer Cote
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology – Rachel Buzzerd
Maxwell High School of Technology – Debbie Grant, Semifinalist
Monarch School – Beth Albright
Oakland Meadow School – Sue LaFave



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