This year NHA recognized 167 of its partner-schools instructional professionals through the Excellence in Teaching awards. Ceremonies were held throughout the week during Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to recognize educators for their dedication to student learning and transforming lives.
The Excellence in Teaching winners are:
- Vanessa Robert at Canton Charter Academy (Young 5s/Kindergarten)
- Sierra Anthony at Knapp Charter Academy (First grade)
- Mary Ellen Kitko at Forsyth Academy (Second grade)
- Jamie Bathurst at Legacy Charter Academy (Third grade)
- Lisa Jackson-Clayborn at Flagship Charter Academy (Fourth grade)
- Diana Hubbard at Aspire Charter Academy (Fifth grade)
- Kristen Miller at Johnston Charter Academy (Sixth grade)
- Nickeisha Grey at Brooklyn Dreams Charter School (Seventh/Eighth grade)
- Jeffrey Saneford at Grand River Prep (High school)
- Rachel Licata at Walton Charter Academy (Specials)
- Felita Mitchell at Willow Charter Academy (Specialists)
- Suzanne Jones at Vanderbilt Charter Academy (Paraprofessionals)
Finalists were chosen based on a variety of metrics, including individual performance ratings/scores, student learning results, teamwork, positive student relationships, resiliency, discretionary effort, and core values from the 2021-22 school year. In addition, a teacher needs to be recommended for the award by their principal and director of school quality.
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National Heritage Academies (NHA) is a network of 100 tuition-free, public charter schools across nine states, serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.