System level teachers of the year winners Wenona Patterson, Cecily Williams and Erin Hattabaugh will represent the Cleveland City Schools system at the competition’s regional level.
Doug Moore, supervisor of public information and the education foundation, commended the current and past system-level candidates.
“We have solid candidates,” Moore said. “We have really good teachers and we have dedicated teachers.”
Educators at each of the nine schools voted for a building-level teacher of the year. Every elementary school names one teacher. Cleveland Middle School narrows the field to two teachers and Cleveland High School names three.
Building level winners include: Susan Shaver, Yates Primary; Michael Rogers, Mayfield Elementary; Dianne Hundley, Stuart Elementary; Stephen Duncan, Blythe-Bower Elementary; Matt Ingram, Arnold Elementary; Tim Sams and Williams, Cleveland Middle School; Carole Dale, Lea Broussard and Hattabaugh, Cleveland High School; and Valerie Dennis, Teen Learning Center.
A committee led by Moore selected three candidates from the building-level winners. Each candidate represents one group: kindergarten to fourth grade; fifth grade to eighth grade; and high school. The three Cleveland educators will be considered at the regional level for the 2014-15 CORE Teachers of the Year.
Patterson, Williams and Hattabaugh will be notified no later than March 14 about their status in the selection.
E.L. Ross Elementary Principal Lisa Earby commended Patterson for her work at the local school.
“She is very effective as far as student achievement goes,” Earby said. “Her students do well, they score well on their end of-the-year TCAP test. They make big gains.”
According to reports, Patterson has taught for 13 years, seven of which have been with the fourth-graders at E.L. Ross.
“She is very organized and is very creative,” Earby continued. “She is always volunteering for extra activities at school and is just a good team player.”
Cleveland Middle School Principal Mike Collier congratulated both Sams and Williams for being named the school’s teachers of the year.
“Both of them do an outstanding job. They are really good at building relationships with students and adults in the building,” Collier said. “They do a great job.”
Williams is a sixth-grade math and social studies teacher who has been with Cleveland Middle for 13 of her 16 years teaching.
Collier said many of the teachers at the middle school share similar characteristics with Williams and Sams.
Cleveland High Principal Autumn O’Bryan offered a glowing review of Hattabaugh.
O’Bryan described Hattabaugh with three words: committed, exceptional and innovative. She described Hattabaugh’s work in the classroom as remarkable. According to O’Bryan, the health and science teacher is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the school.
“She strives for excellence for herself and her students in the classroom,” O’Bryan said. “She demands quality work and comes up with opportunities for her students to excel academically. ... Her professional duties are not only met, but are exceeded on every count.”
Moore agreed with the principals, saying both the candidates and their fellow educators are a good representation of Cleveland City Schools.
“I think it is a testimony to our expectations,” Moore said. “I think it is a testimony to our principals, administrators, students and our community. We foster really good teachers.”