The Wake County school system announced its 13 finalists for 2015-16 Teacher of the Year on Tuesday.
The finalists are:
▪ Mary Catherine Burnette of Bugg Elementary School
▪ Karyn Gloden of Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy
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▪ Jean Hockenyos of Wakefield Elementary School
▪ Susan Holland of Reedy Creek Middle School
▪ Austin James of Millbrook High School
▪ David Jones of Brentwood Elementary School
▪ Clinton McCaskill of Heritage High School.
▪ Ruth McCoy of Fuquay-Varina High School
▪ Karla Nantz of Cary High School
▪ Matthew Scialdone of Middle Creek High School
▪ Sydney Sherry of York Elementary School
▪ Erline Speed of Zebulon Middle School
▪ Alison VanKerckhove of Willow Springs Elementary School.
Teacher of the Year candidates are nominated and elected by their peers at their individual schools. Selection committees reviewed portfolios developed by the candidates and narrowed the field to 26 semifinalists who were announced in February,
The committees observed all 26 semifinalists in their classrooms and chose the 13 finalists. The finalists now will appear before an interview committee, which will choose the winner who will be announced at a banquet on May 14.