Alachua County Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.

Three teachers exemplifying the best of the education profession in Alachua County were announced Tuesday as Teacher of the Year finalists.


Elementary schools
Alachua Elementary - Katheryn Ricketts
Archer Elementary - Adam Hulme
Chiles Elementary - Glen Nichol*
Duval Elementary - Shanda Haynes
Finley Elementary - Jan Merritt
Stephen Foster Elementary - Layla Ward
Glen Springs Elementary - Katie Clifton
Hidden Oak Elementary - Rhona Omer
Idylwild Elementary - Amy Bliss
Irby Elementary - Kitty Lehtola
Lake Forest Elementary - Vamadria Johnson
Littlewood Elementary - Theresa Forte
Metcalfe Elementary - Crystal Tessmann
Newberry Elementary - Jamie Freshour
Norton Elementary - Shannon Ericson
Rawlings Elementary - Marjory Francois
Shell Elementary - Marlena Herndon
Talbot Elementary - Chris Beland
Terwilliger Elementary - Wanda Gallmon
Waldo Community - Alicia Hansmann
Wiles Elementary - Clay Kear
Williams Elementary - Anna Sperring

Middle Schools
Bishop Middle - Pat Yancey
Ft. Clarke Middle - Sarah Cheshire
Hawthorne Middle/High - Michelle Garrison-Ware
High Springs Community - Judith Weaver
A. Quinn Jones Center - Natalia Pegg
Kanapaha Middle - Ricky Bell
Sidney Lanier Center - Melanie Peters
Lincoln Middle - Liz Coleman-Hayes
Mebane Middle - Jennifer Barnes
Oak View Middle - Barbara Brock
Westwood Middle - Odalis Manduley*

High schools
Buchholz High - John Bailey*
Eastside High - Virginia Christensen
Gainesville High - Carolyn Ellis
Horizon Center - Gazell Scarborough
PAM at Loften High - Jennifer Bennett
Newberry High - Kelly Harris
Santa Fe High - Michele Faulk


Glen Nichol of Chiles Elementary School, Odalis Manduley of Westwood Middle and John Bailey of Buchholz High are Teacher of the Year finalists for Alachua County Public Schools, just three of more than 40 teachers across the district representing the best of their schools.

Nichol, an eighth-year teacher, started a schoolwide recycling effort and teaches fifth grade.

Manduley teaches Spanish and math at Westwood and has worked for the district for a dozen years.

Bailey said he started out in the Marines and then law enforcement before finally finding his niche teaching social studies over his 16-year career with Alachua County Public Schools.

One of the three finalists will be designated the county’s representative in the statewide competition for top teacher.

Michael Testa, a history and government teacher at Buchholz, is the outgoing Teacher of the Year.

The new district representative will be announced on Feb. 16 during the annual Robert W. Hughes Alachua County Teacher Recognition event, named after a former superintendent who began the program.

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