Georgia / Alabama District Teacher of The Year
Ms. Koger has 22 years of teaching experience and for the past 8 years, she has taught Gifted Education. She has taught in DoDEA schools since 1990, with assignments at Fort Benning's Dexter Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School and McBride/Lloyd Elementary Schools. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Koger taught at the Chattahoochee County Department of Education, teaching 3d, 4th and 5th grade. She is a 1984 graduate of Columbus State University in Columbus, GA, with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Middle Grades). She earned her Master's Degree in Education (Middle Grades), from Columbus State University in 1990 and a Specialist in Education from Troy State University in 1995. In 1999, she received her certification in Gifted Education from Columbus State University and in 2004 a Reading Specialist Certification also from Columbus State University.
Ms. Koger firmly believes that educators need to align what we teach and how we teach with the needs of our 21st century students. The 21st century requires not only a high-level of proficiency in the traditional academic subjects, but also skills that are unique to this century. To be successful, our youth needs to think, communicate, and interact with digital age proficiencies. As a colleague states, "Ms. Koger awakens wonder in her students. She challenges them to push themselves toward even greater achievement and new goals. She encourages them to fulfill their potential."
Mary Perez Williams
Guam District Teacher of The Year
Andersen MS, Math and Social Studies
Mrs. Williams has 17 years of teaching experience and for the past 10 years has been with DoDEA schools (Andersen Middle School) teaching mathematics and social studies. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Williams taught Algebra at George Washington High School and the Academy of Our Lady of Guam. She is a graduate of the University of Guam, having earned her Bachelors'of Arts in Secondary Education and General Social Science. She received her Master's of Educational Administration and Supervision in 1994 from the University of Guam and a Master's of Education Leadership Degree from the University of Portland in 2003.
Mrs. Williams has a vision that all students will succeed. Those students will be self-motivated team players who perform with a passion. To achieve this, teachers need to develop a community of competent educational leaders willing to inspire and have expectations that all students will succeed. Mrs. Williams'principal writes, "She has created programs within her classroom that differentiate instruction for a wide range of student abilities and this has greatly increased student achievement across the curriculum. Mrs. Williams has established a warm, nurturing classroom environment where students are the center of teaching and learning."
Kentucky District Teacher of The Year
Fort Rucker PS, 2nd Grade
Mrs. Raby has 10 years teaching experience and has taught in DoDEA schools since 2003, with assignments as a second grade teacher at Fort Rucker Primary School, Fort Rucker, Alabama; as a Learning Impaired Special Education Teacher and Literacy Facilitator in Korea at Osan American Elementary and Humphreys American Elementary Schools; is currently a third grade teacher at Barkley Elementary School at Fort Campbell, KY. She is a graduate of Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Human Growth and Learning; Early Childhood Special Education and Special Education Modified and Comprehensive.
Mrs. Raby believes students need strong, engaging hands-on lessons to keep their minds focused and involved in learning. Students need empathy, concern, understanding, and most of all support and respect. That family atmosphere is needed right here, right now, at every school. Her principal states, "Her remarkable and contagious enthusiasm for student learning leaves every student "a winner" in her room and every teacher inspired to take risks by trying new teaching strategies."
New York / Virginia / Puerto Rico District Teacher of The Year
Antilies MS, Math and Science
Ms. Sierra has 35 years teaching experience and has taught in DoDEA schools for 20 years. In addition to her present assignment at Antilles High School, she taught science and Math at Antilles Middle School at Fort Buchanan. She began her teaching career as a biology teacher at Albizu Campos Hight School in Levittown, Puerto Rico and went on to become a Spanish Resource Teacher at Westminster Elementary School in Colorado. She also taught science at Ramey School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.
Ms. Sierra believes that teaching is a profession of passion - passion for the act of teaching, passion for what is being taught. It is never a job, nor a career, but certainly a calling. A former student shares, "It was in her class that I realized the beauty of a subject that is continually expanding in knowledge. It was during her course that I decided to study biology, to become a researcher, and it was Ms. Sierra who pointed me in the right direction. I suspect throughout the years she has touched many students lives, be it by giving them the only glimpse of biology that they will most likely ever obtain or by brightening up their lives with her eccentric enthusiasm."
North Carolina / Fort Stewart District Teacher of The Year
Mrs. Micklos has 27 years teaching experience and has taught in DoDEA schools for 20 years, with assignments in the Azores as a third grade teacher and in Korea as a Remedial Language Arts teacher, a fifth grade teacher, and as a staff developer, school improvement and assessment administrator. She has also taught second, third and fourth grades at Fort Bragg's Bowley and Butner Schools. Prior to joining DoDEA schools, Mrs. Micklos taught kindergarten, third and fourth grades at Achilles Elementary School in Gloucester, Va. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and she received her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Micklos believes that preparing children for the future is not done by merely teaching reading, writing, and 'rithmetic. "Children come to us with more than just educational needs, and we are challenged to address all their needs. In other words, we should educate and nurture the "whole" child." A parent of a former student states, "Mrs. Micklos had a great way of keeping the children focused and excited; she always demanded respect and gave it in return. Mrs. Micklos's creative assignments, teaching style, and caring attitude always challenged and rewarded each child."
South Carolina / Fort Stewart District Teacher of The Year
Bolden ES, PE
Mrs. Hrabanek has 13 years teaching experience and has taught in DoDEA schools for 7 years as a third-sixth grade health and physical education teacher at Bolden Elementary School. Prior to joining DoDEA schools, she taught health and physical education at Lady's Island Middle School. She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Wheelock College.
Mrs. Hrabanek firmly believes in healthy minds, healthy bodies. In order to change our children's attitudes about fitness, it is up to educators, and we must start now. Life-long health must be taught at every grade level by highly qualified educators. A colleague states, "Using her health background coupled with her personal experience, Michelle has developed inspiring lessons for her students with disabilities. The heart of the matter is that she goes beyond the call of duty as a mom, co-worker, and community advocate and especially as an educator of our young people."