Teacher of the year finalists announced

The Alamance-Burlington school system has announced the nominees and seven finalists for the 2022-23 Teacher of the Year, the winner of which will be announced next Thursday night during a ceremony at Southern High School.

ABSS will also honor 18 high school students who have been selected as the superintendent’s
Award of Excellence winners, as well as a classified (hourly) employee of the year from each school.

Local businesses have donated more than $30,000 in prizes for the nominees and winners, ABSS public information officer Les Atkins said Wednesday.

The event will begin with a reception and live music from the Southern High School Jazz Band and performances by students from other ABSS high schools.

ABSS superintendent Dr. Dain Butler selected 18 high school students for the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence, who he describes as model students, “many of whom have overcome amazing odds to reach the point of graduation.”

[Story continues below photos of seven finalists for ABSS Teacher of the Year.]


FINALISTS FOR ABSS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

MELODIE ALLSHOUSE – SOUTH GRAHAM ELEMENTARY
ROCCO CABRERA – RAY STREET ACADEMY
NIKKI HUEY – B.E. JORDAN ELEMENTARY
KARLA MOORE – SOUTHERN HIGH
MICHAEL MORRIS – WOODLAWN MIDDLE
KAREN RHEA – WESTERN HIGH
ASHLEY WEST – HILLCREST ELEMENTARY

Nominees for Teacher of the Year were selected by a committee of school principals, assistant principals, and Central Office staff, Atkins explained.

The ABSS Teacher of the Year for 2022-23 will go on to compete for the Piedmont-Triad Regional Teacher of the Year later this fall.

Each nominee and the student winners will receive prize bags donated by more than a dozen businesses in Alamance County, as well as Alamance County’s legislative delegation in the General Assembly.

The reception is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m., next Thursday, April 27.