West Johnston High School’s Career and Technical Education teacher Amanda Fisher was selected as the 2016 Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year.
The teacher of the year is selected from those who were previously selected as a GCCOC Teacher of the Month.
West Johnston’s principal, Paula Coates, nominated Fisher for the award. Fisher’s husband, John, submitted a biography to accompany the nomination.
John Fisher wrote, “Amanda’s professional excellence is driven by the same character traits that exemplify her personal life: devotion, compassion, and tireless enthusiasm.”
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“If she’s not on the go, then she is likely spending time with her family. No doubt her strong family helped developed her into the confident and compassionate woman she is today,” said John Fisher. “Teaching is somewhat of a family tradition for the Halls, as her mother was a business teacher for 30 years in Cumberland County, and her brother is a physical education teacher there as well.”
Amanda Fisher has been a Career and Technical Education teacher at West Johnston for eight years. She was honored at the 10th Annual GCCOC Awards Banquet on Feb. 17. She says she was surprised and flattered by the award.
Veronica McLean, one of Fisher’s students, said that her CTE teacher has been a safe haven for her the past four years, and she couldn’t imagine high school without her.
“Since the beginning of my high school career she's always been someone I know I can depend on and will support me no matter what,” McLean said. “She's the happiest and most lively person I know, even on my worst days she can make me laugh, and she is always there for me when I need guidance.”