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Two Pinnacle Academy Teachers Receive Excellence in Teaching Award

Pinnacle Academy second-grade teacher Nicholas Peterson, and kindergarten teacher Nadia Peroni were honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from National Heritage Academies (NHA).
The awards were announced by National Heritage Academies Chief Academic Officer Todd McKee during a school assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 
“I truly believe that teaching is one of the hardest professions and, certainly, one of the noblest,” Britton said. “Teachers don’t just perform a task; they give of themselves daily for the advancement of others. The Excellence in Teaching Award allows us to recognize our hard-working teachers and to thank them for their tireless efforts and investment into helping our students excel.
“It is my hope that all our students know how blessed they are to have such top-notch and dedicated teachers,” Britton added. “Participating in this assembly is a privilege. It is an honor to meet and thank these individuals for their dedication to their students, school community, and National Heritage Academies.”
Every year, NHA celebrates the finest educators in its system of 84 schools by highlighting outstanding teachers. There are 13 categories with most having seven finalists in each. This year NHA celebrates and recognizes 102 finalists and 13 winners. Categories include each grade level, specials teachers, paraprofessionals, special education, and interventionists. The finalists were determined by a number of factors including student test scores, annual performance evaluations, and parent satisfaction data.
“It is an honor to win the Excellence in Teaching Award from National Heritage Academies,” said Peterson. “The Pinnacle family makes my job so rewarding and I am grateful to be a part of this team.”
“This award means so much,” said Peroni. “To be recognized by National Heritage Academies for doing a profession I love so much is wonderful. The team at Pinnacle is truly a family and I enjoy coming to work each day to help inspire our students.”
“Both Nicholas and Nadia are exemplary teachers,” said Principal Charlena Hunt. “These are two outstanding educators, who we are lucky to have as part of our team. I am grateful for their commitment to providing a high-quality education to all students.”
Pinnacle Academy also recognized Stephanie Mathias, Roslyn Chen, Stephanie Johnson, and Kathleen Galloway who were named a finalist by NHA for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Pinnacle Academy is a free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. NHA operates 84 schools in nine states serving more than 57,000 students.