The award was announced by National Heritage Academies Chief Academic Officer Todd McKee during a school assembly on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
“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.
" I am honored to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award," said Wickenheiser. "Triumph Academy is much more than just a school, it is truly a family. It is very rewarding to be able to work with the students and make a positive impact on their lives,"
“Amanda is an outstanding academic specialist,” said Principal Amy Tansel. “Her dedication and passion for her students is evident daily. I am so happy that she was recognized by NHA.”
Triumph Academy also recognized Grace Bellino, Kassandra Rinne, and Angela Ucci who were named a finalist by NHA for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Triumph 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.