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DCSS names 2013 Teacher of Year finalists

ALBANY, Ga. -- From the 27 Dougherty County School System teachers who were chosen to represent their schools as teachers of the year, a screening committee has selected eight finalists to vie for the title of DCSS Teacher of the Year.

A community selection committee started observing the finalists in the classroom on Monday and will continue through March 8. The district winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year and Retired Educators Banquet, which will be hosted by Monroe Comprehensive High School on April 25.

Finalists:

Melinda Suber, Albany High School

Audrey Brown, Merry Acres Middle School

Shanda Morine, Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School

Erica Wade, Lake Park Elementary School

Melissa Childs, Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts

Eve Schroeder, Lincoln Elementary Magnet School

Marcus Washington, Sherwood Acres Elementary School

Zatambra Jones, Sylvester Road Elementary School

Other Selections:

Jason Whatley, Dougherty Comprehensive High School

Kimberly Chambers, Monroe Comprehensive High School

Angela Wiley, Westover Comprehensive High School

James Rhodes, Albany Middle School

Nancy Cox, Dougherty International Education Middle School

Carolyn Long, Radium Springs Middle Magnet School of the Arts

Tabitha Lester-Thomas, Southside Middle School

Ashley Tolbert, Alice Coachman Elementary School

Lerkeesha Jackson, International Studies Elementary Charter School

Victoria Denise Johnson, Jackson Heights Elementary School

Caren Clower Phillips, Live Oak Elementary School

Stephanie Muhammad, Magnolia Elementary School

Travis Walker-Erwin, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Helen King, Morningside Elementary School

Ashley Medlock, Northside Elementary School

Gloria Evans-Ford, Radium Springs Elementary School

Tashera Shenita Durham, Turner Elementary School

Marilyn Banks, West Town Elementary School

Alegra Jenkins, South Georgia Regional Achievement Center