Teacher of the Year finalists picked


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 11:32 p.m.
Alachua County Public Schools named three finalists for Teacher of the Year on Tuesday night.
They are Betsy Seymour of Chiles Elementary School, Kathy Baum of Lincoln Middle School and Marie Herring of Eastside High School.
Seymour, who's been in the profession 27 years, teaches gifted first-, second- and third-grade students. She says her goal is to teach children to become problem-solvers, both inside and outside the classroom.
Herring, a teacher for 17 years, specializes in math in the district's International Baccalaureate program. She says she enjoys seeing students grasp a new concept and is especially pleased when they come up with a new way of doing something she teaches them.
Baum, an exceptional education teacher, entered the teaching profession later in life, about 10 years ago. The former PTA president and volunteer for Lake Forest Elementary School says she enjoyed the experience so much that she took on a job as a teacher's aide and worked as an interpreter for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Then she decided to go back to college to earn her teaching certificate.
She says it's the realization of a lifelong dream.
Each of the finalists were nominated by co-workers or former co-workers.
"These wonderful teachers have dedicated their lives to the education of children," said Superintendent Dan Boyd. "It is an honor to be chosen as a finalist, but clearly it is an honor they very much deserve."
The winner of the three finalists will be announced Feb. 9 at the 13th Annual Robert W. Hughes Teacher Recognition Program. The county's Teacher of the Year will go on to represent the district in the Florida Teacher of the Year Program.
Tiffany Pakkala can be reached at (352) 338-3111 or pakkalt@gvillesun.com

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