Sharon Del Gobbo
Georgia/Alabama District Teacher of The Year
Ms. Del Gobbo has 22 years of teaching experience, and has taught Art in Wilson, Patch, Wilbur, and Stowers Elementary Schools, all located at Fort Benning, Ga. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Del Gobbo taught art, language arts, and math at South Hills Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a graduate of Troy State University with a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She also holds a Specialist in Education certificate from Troy State University.
Ms. Del Gobbo firmly believes that arts education, including music and drama, needs to be integrated into the 21st century classroom. The arts foster cooperation, communication, and problem solving, all highly desirable qualities in the 21st century workplace. Her superintendent writes, "Sharon was a 'servant leader' long before the term came into vogue. She volunteers her time and effort in many capacities and routinely collaborates with classroom teachers to reinforce math and social studies concepts, and vocabulary through art education."
Janet C. Goldhorn
Guam District Teacher of The Year
Ms. Goldhorn has 26 years of teaching experience; 3 years of post-secondary teaching experience; and 11 years of private music teaching experience. She has been teaching music and language arts for the past 11 years in DoDEA schools in Guam, at Anderson Elementary School and at Cmdr. William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Goldhorn taught at Simon Sanchez High School in Guam; Lincoln and Mellette Elementary Schools in Watertown, S.D.; Watertown Business University; McGoffin Middle School in El Paso, Texas; and Zephyr High School, in Zephyr, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard Payne University and her Masters of Education Degree from the University of Guam.
Ms. Goldhorn would like to share this sage advice given to her by her first principal, "You get what you get...make it work." In order to "make it work", Ms. Goldhorn believes teachers must integrate continuing professional development, accountability, and a sense of personal and social commitment. A former school board member remarks, "We should clone Ms. Goldhorn and have her teach all of DoDEA-Guam music programs. Ms. Goldhorn is a jewel worthy of accolades..."
Kentucky District Teacher of The Year
Scott Middle School, Social Studies, Speech and Drama
Mr. Roach has 32 years of teaching experience in DoDEA Schools. He has been teaching social studies, speech, and drama for the past 16 years at Scott Middle School at Fort Knox, KY., Mr. Roach also taught science, social studies, and literature at Macdonald Middle School at Fort Knox and also taught social studies at Fort Knox High School. He began his career with DoDEA as a special education teacher at Pierce Elementary School at Fort Knox. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University and his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Louisville.
Mr. Roach's message to fellow educators is threefold. Recognize the strengths of your mentors and learn from them, listen to your students as they are the best teachers in your classroom, and be the lifelong learner you want your students to be. His community superintendent writes, "Mr. Roach's passion for teaching and love of children is only surpassed by the character and integrity he brings to the profession. This honor is well deserved and long overdue."
Kristen S. Smith
New York/Virginia/Puerto Rico/DoDDS Cuba District Teacher of The Year
Burrows ES, Gifted Education
Ms. Smith has 16 years of teaching experience. She has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten, Gifted Education, and Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities in DoDEA schools for the past 10 years, at Burrows Elementary School in Quantico, Va., Dahlgren School, Dahlgren, Va., and at Russell Elementary School in Quantico, Va. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. Smith was an Early Childhood Special Education teacher at Original Walker Grant in Fredericksburg, Va. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art from Mary Washington College, and her Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ms. Smith compares a teacher to a conductor of an orchestra. Success as conductors is found when "all the students in the orchestra are working together harmoniously to create the unique music that is the sound of learning in the classroom." What makes Ms. Smith "the best of the best" writes a colleague "is the creativity she displays in her lesson planning and instruction ...equal to none. She creates a dynamic learning environment for students with unique learning needs and is masterful at instilling in her students a love of learning."
April St. Clair
North Carolina District Teacher of The Year
Pierce ES, 3rd Grade
Ms. St. Clair has 6 years of teaching experience, and for the past 5 years, she has been teaching 3rd grade and Kindergarten in DoDEA schools, at Pierce Elementary School, Fort Knox, Ky., and at Delalio Elementary School, Camp Lejeune, N.C. Prior to joining DoDEA, Ms. St. Clair was a K-5 Art teacher at Meadowview Elementary School in Radcliff, Ky. She received her Bachelors Degree from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from the University of Louisville.
Ms. St. Clair challenges all teachers to identify a vision for their students and to make that vision a reality. The vision she shares for her school is, "All staff members share in success for all students." Her charge is to ensure all of her students experience that success. A colleague remarks, "Ms. St. Clair has been a true change agent in our kindergarten classes, demonstrating that there is no challenge too great for a kindergarten student. Every child who left her classroom at the end of the year was meeting or exceeding standards set for kindergarten by DoDEA."
Angela M. Stephens
South Carolina/Fort Stewart District/DoDDS Cuba District Teacher of The Year
Laurel Bay IS, 3rd Grade
Ms. Stephens has 19 years of teaching experience, all with DoDEA schools. She has taught 3rd grade, science and math labs, math instructional support, and math at Laurel Bay Intermediate School and Bolden Elementary School in Beaufort, South Carolina. She was also the Interim Assistant Principal at Laurel Bay Intermediate School. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University and her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina.
Ms. Smith advocates for curricular reform in mathematics. According to the Committee on Economic Growth, "improving the math and science skills of young people is an important step toward maintaining innovation-led economic growth in the coming decade. As educators, we must go beyond how we were taught and teach as we wish we had been taught." Angela's superintendent praises her expertise and training. "She is what every teacher should be and what every teacher must be."