Puerto Rico District Teacher of The Year
Antilles HS, English
Leticia teaches English to 11th and 12th graders at Antilles High School, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. She holds a M.S. in Bilingual Education. Leticia comes from a family of teachers and this, she believes, provided the context for her love of teaching and learning. Under her direction, the AHS literary magazine won national recognition. Through her guidance, the school newspaper became a controversial and influential force in the school system. Her Advanced Placement English Language Composition student scores are some of the highest in DoDEA. A former student writes, "Ms. Solis made me learn to think on my own while willingly sharing her vast knowledge and love of writing and literature. I am grateful to have been her student.
Vanessa B. Coleman
NC-Camp Lejeune District Teacher of The Year
Stone Street ES, 4th Grade
Vanessa teaches fourth grade at Stone Street Elementary School. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and is certified to teach Gifted and Talented. Vanessa believes learning is the gateway to discovering fascinating people, places, and things and teaching is like building a house "if the right foundation is put in place, a child will be able to meet all challenges in years to come. A colleague commends Vanessa for her energy and enthusiasm, and her well-disciplined classroom where her students are always actively engaged. "She truly combines the "art" and "science" of teaching".
GA/AL District Teacher of The Year
Stowers ES, 1st Grade
Barbara teaches first grade at Stowers Elementary School, Fort Benning, Georgia. She holds a Specialist Degree in Elementary Education. She believes her greatest contribution to education is to help children develop a joy in learning, and to encourage children to see the positive in themselves so they are free to develop and pursue their own interests and dreams. Barbara uses brain compatible teaching and learning strategies and avoids the "cookie-cutter" approach by varying assignments to address individual student needs and learning styles. Children learn how to think metacognitively through the rubrics she has them make for self-assessment. A quote from Barbara's letter of nomination reads, "Mrs. Barbara Culwell consistently goes about the business of quietly transforming lives. Her daily purpose is truly one of service."
Temple Thomas Wood
NC-Fort Bragg District Teacher of The Year
Devers ES, 1st Grade
Temple teaches first grade at Devers Elementary School. She holds a B.S. in Early and Elementary Education. Temple has spent twenty years as either a student or a teacher in many Department of Defense Schools from Fort Bragg to Seoul, Korea. Her experience in multi-cultural settings helped her to understand the importance of establishing the right teaching environment; structured yet inviting, challenging but non-threatening, and geared to individual needs and cultures. Temple believes a major issue in education today is assessment. "As an advocate for the "whole" child, I would step outside the box and develop an assessment that addresses the "total" child. By assessing in this manner I could further challenge students academically. Out of challenge comes growth."
Betty Brandenburg Yundt
Kentucky District Teacher of The Year
Walker IS, 5th Grade
Betty teaches fifth grade at Walker Intermediate School. She holds an M.S. with Distinction from Indiana University SE. Betty never planned to be a teacher but she loved learning and discovered the best place to learn as an adult is in a classroom of youngsters. She believes a teacher must have the imagination of Disney, the technological knowledge of Gates, the diplomacy of Kissinger, the patience of Job and organizational skills that would disorganize Covey. Others have encouraged Betty to pursue an administrative track or a career that pays more than education. She feels, however, that there is nothing "more" than being a teacher.
Marilyn D. Carter
SC / Fort Stewart / Cuba District Teacher of The Year
Brittin ES, Language Arts Reading Specialist
Marilyn, currently a Language Arts Reading Specialist at Brittin Elementary School, Fort Stewart, Georgia, received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her focus on literacy is evidenced in the organization and the implementation of the Brittin Knight Postal Service and the development of the Brittin Literacy Garden. Marilyn states, "It is my responsibility as an educator to mold my students into well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. It is so rewarding to watch the children grow throughout the school year."
Martha C. Sudo
Guam District Teacher of The Year
Andersen ES, 5th Grade
Martha has taught fifth grade at Andersen Elementary School for the past five of her nine teaching years. She holds a Master of Education in Language and Literacy. Martha is a native of Guam. She grew-up as a military child living at bases both Stateside and abroad. As the chairperson for "The Week of the Classroom Teacher", and in conjunction with the University of Guam, Martha organized an island-wide professional development day open to all teachers on Guam. She believes that teaching and learning go hand-in-hand. Martha states, "I enjoy teaching so much because I learn from my students. Teaching is learning. Learning is teaching. Teaching is more than a profession to me. It's a gift that I need to share."
GA / AL District Teacher of The Year
Maxwell AFB, 5th Grade
Nancy has taught fifth grade at Maxwell A.F.B. for the last eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Troy State University. Undecided about a career choice, Nancy followed her mother's advice and became an elementary school teacher. She had a difficult time envisioning herself in a classroom but, "you always follow your mother's advice", and thirty years later she finds the classroom is where she wants to be. "Teaching grabbed my heart and soul and has never let go." In the community Nancy is known as the "orphan lady". She and her family have raised orphaned fawns, pigs, calves, geese, and many, many birds. Her dream is to one day turn her experiences with animals into children's books. Parents' comments include, "Nancy Cooper is a parent's teacher. She is accessible, encouraging, knowledgeable, and professional."
Rochelle H. Grey
New York / Virginia District Teacher of The Year
Quantico MHS, Media Specialist
Rochelle is a media specialist at Quantico Middle-High School in Virginia. She earned a M.A. in Educational Media from James Madison University and an Endorsement in Supervision from the University of Virginia. Rochelle was instrumental in completing the documentation that gained for her school the 2002 National Blue Ribbon for Excellence. "The Blue Ribbon experience has been unequaled in my career." Another rewarding experience was developing media literacy courses. Unable to find suitable curriculum in media for middle school students, Rochelle designed three courses "from nothing more than an idea". A colleague describes the QMS/QHS Media Center as "a welcome center hosted by the lady with the winning smile, the appropriate question, and the big laugh. All schools should be so blessed."
Pamela Anne Satterfield
South Carolina District Teacher of The Year
Laurel Bay PS, Kindergarten
Pam teaches Kindergarten at Laurel Bay Primary School in Beaufort, South Carolina. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a major in Early Childhood Education. Pam is a strong advocate of character education and a constructivist environment in which to learn. She strives to make every day a "life-enriching experience for children." She provides a risk-free setting where students develop a caring community as they learn to support and help each other. A parent comments, "When it comes to raising children with an appetite for learning, Pam Satterfield has a green thumb."