Mildred J. Prince
Antilles District Teacher of The Year
Antilles HS, Business Education & English
Mildred Prince teaches Business Education/English, grades 9-12, at Antilles High School, Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico. She received her teaching degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, her Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration from Berne University, and is currently working towards her Ph. D in Leadership and Policy Studies through the International Graduate Center. Millie believes all children can learn to perform at high levels. "It is my desire to teach students to believe in themselves by challenging them intellectually and personally to set goals for themselves that reach far beyond the easily accessible limits available to all." As one colleague stated, "Ms. Prince is one of the rare individuals who has a love for teaching. It is not just a job, but a true calling."
Angelique R. Cotton
Georgia / Alabama District Teacher of The Year
Faith MS, Read 180 & AVID
Angelique Cotton currently teaches grades 6-8, READ 180 and AVID, at Faith Middle School, Fort Benning, Georgia. She received her Elementary/Liberal Arts Degree from Adams State College and her Master's Degree in Reading from Saint Bonaventure University. Angie sees herself as a partner in learning, a facilitator. "I learn just as much from the students as they learn from me. I have failed in my job if a student goes home and states that he/she learned nothing. I believe in collaboration. For me, my greatest contribution to education is the giving of my time and efforts." Angie's superintendent states, "Her students simply love her for her honesty, her love and care for them, and her willingness to help however and whenever they need her."
Maryanna T. Jones
Kentucky District Teacher of The Year
Walker School, Music
Maryanna teaches music, grades 5-8, at Walker School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. She received her B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan and her Master of Education from National Louis University. Maryanna stresses, "We must connect our heads to our hearts in order to make a positive difference in all students. I believe our role as teachers is as a 'guide on the side', a facilitator, a co-learner, and co-investigator through differentiated instruction." A student states, "Truthfully, when you are in her class, you are learning way more than just music. You're learning how to deal with life and approach problems, how to get along with everyone no matter the diversity, and how to function as a team, as a family."
New York / Virginia District Teacher of The Year
West Point ES, 1st & 2nd Grades
Audrey currently teaches grades 1-2 (looping) at West Point Elementary School, West Point, New York. She received her B.S. from Buffalo State University in Art and Design and her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Long Island University. "My job is a joyful one, but with this joy comes an awesome responsibility. Each day I am surrounded by a group of people who still hold a sense of awe and wonder about their world. They see magic in what others would describe as ordinary." A colleague writes, "You can see that she believes in education's power to expand a child's imagination and, thereby, enrich and enhance a life. She connects with her children because she believes in their intellect, their goodness, their humanity. She is her students' number one advocate, supporter, and fan."
Julie Ann Fulton
North Carolina District Teacher of The Year
Brewster MS, Science
Julie teaches 8th grade science at Brewster Middle School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She received her B.A. in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State. Julie advocates the following, "Alone, we are insufficient for the task, together success is certain as we breathe new life into education. We have a task to accomplish for which we will be held accountable. With the benefits of partnering, we can find the formula for success in shared responsibility and teamwork." A colleague writes, "Julie mentors so many of her colleagues without even realizing it. She is willing to share her activities and lessons, to make suggestions when asked, and always seems to have an idea when no one else does. Julie works continuously and tirelessly to make learning fun for her students and her team members."
South Carolina / Fort Stewart District Teacher of The Year
Middleton S. Elliott ES, 1st Grade
Deborah teaches 1st grade at Middleton S. Elliott Elementary School in Beaufort, South Carolina. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia. She received her Masters of Arts in Early Childhood from Oglethorpe University. "Watching my students begin to respond to situations as independent problems solvers gives me the most satisfaction. I know this is the key to being life-long learners. By designing an environment and relationships for success, by adjusting to best practices, and by teaming with others, I let my students, parents, and colleagues know: This is important. You can do it. And I won't give up on you." A principal writes, "Not only does Miss Walter teach with skill and expertise, but she also teaches with enthusiasm, love, and compassion."