Statement issued Monday:
Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett today announced ten finalists for Indiana’s 2010 Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding teachers from the state’s public and accredited non-public schools.
“Outside of the family, nothing is more important in the life of a child than an inspired and inspiring teacher,” Bennett said. “These ten finalists represent the best of the best from schools in every corner of the state. They have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to helping every student achieve success in the classroom and beyond.”
The Teacher of the Year program is open to all licensed classroom teachers who intend to remain active in the teaching field. Each year, school officials nominate teachers by submitting portfolios in which teachers’ exceptional qualities and accomplishments are described by current and former students, colleagues, supervisors and friends from their communities.
Indiana superintendents nominated 42 public and non-public educators for the 2010 Indiana Teacher of the Year. All nominees will be honored November 4, 2009.
The ten finalists were selected based on criteria that include concern for students, the ability to inspire learning and willingness to work cooperatively with colleagues. Each finalist will be interviewed Tuesday, September 1, 2009, by a committee of Indiana Department of Education personnel as well as external community and education leaders – including former Teachers of the Year.
The following teachers were selected as Indiana’s top ten Teacher of the Year finalists:
Grades 1 – 5, Physical Education
Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation
Horizon Elementary School
Brownsburg Community School Corporation
Reagan Elementary School
Grades 9-12, Agriculture Science
Lebanon Community School Corporation
Lebanon High School
Grade 7, Mathematics
Center Grove Community School Corporation
Center Grove Middle School North
Grade 8, Language Arts Enrichment;
Grades 6,7,8 Research and Library Sciences
MSD of Warren Township
Raymond Park Middle School
Grades 7, Science; Grade 8, Communications
Huntington County Community School Corporation
Riverview Middle School
Grades 7/8, Library Media
MSD of Perry Township
Perry Meridian Middle School
Grades 3/4 Gifted & Talented
Hamilton Southeastern Schools
Thorpe Creek Elementary School
Grades 5/6, Multi-age
Indianapolis Public Schools
Center for Inquiry at School 2
Grades 4/ 5
Carmel Clay Schools
Woodbrook Elementary School
The winner, to be announced in mid-to-late September, will represent Indiana at the national Teacher of the Year competition in Washington, D.C., in the spring and receive $1,000 and sabbatical/higher education scholarship opportunities.
The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation, is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. Visit www.doe.in.gov/toy for more information.