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Vanderbilt Charter Academy Teacher Receives Excellence in Teaching Award

Vanderbilt Charter Academy paraprofessional Joselyn Brisita was 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 at an all school assembly.  
“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 so honored to receive this award from National Heritage Academies,” said Brisita. “I love my job and working with students. Vanderbilt is a special place and I am so happy to be a part of this outstanding staff.”
“Joselyn is so vital to our staff, especially our kindergarten team,” said Principal Jeff Groggel. “I think I can speak for everyone at Vanderbilt when saying we would be lost without her. She has tremendous talent as an educator and students remember her for years to come.”
Vanderbilt Charter Academy also recognized Dana Creevy, fourth-grade teacher, who was named a finalist by NHA for the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Vanderbilt Charter 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.