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Gwinnett’s Teacher of the Year Finalists

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RoseCindy Apley Rose
Couch Middle
Middle School Teacher of the Year

Cindy Apley Rose believes that the best teachers constantly improve themselves. “I devote myself to continuous research of proven strategies that will enhance the learning of my students,” she said. She started her career at Shiloh Middle in 1997 and was selected as its Teacher of the Year in 2006-07.

HillRandi Hill  
Gwinnett Online Campus
High School Teacher of the Year

Randi Hill was named Teacher of the Year at two different Gwinnett high schools before joining Gwinnett Online Campus in 2012. She has a sincere interest in people and a desire to help others. “Ultimately, my greatest contribution to education is instilling a sense of value and confidence to the students, parents, and colleagues,” she said.

WoolfolkDr. Kishina Woolfolk  
Harbins Elementary
Finalist

To Dr. Kishina Woolfolk, the most effective teacher models creativity and innovation. “Whatever the activity, you’ll find that my classroom is an interactive environment where learning can take us anywhere,” she said. Dr. Woolfolk has served Harbins Elementary since 2007 as a fourth and fifth grade teacher and now, the technology specialist and coach.  

McClendonLesley McClendon  
Shiloh Middle
Finalist

Lesley McClendon is motivated by her firm belief that all children can learn. “As I work to create a positive and engaging environment in my classroom, the learning begins with my ability to forge meaningful connections with my students,” she said. She teaches language arts to seventh grade special education students and contributes to the Reach for Excellence program at The Marist School.

GrodzickiDr. Colette Grodzicki
North Gwinnett High School
Finalist

Dr. Colette Grodzicki provides her students a rigorous curriculum that reinforces critical thinking. “The development of these lessons took years! Hours! Summers! And I loved every minute of it!” She has spent the last 10 years teaching language arts to Advanced Placement students and tenth graders at North Gwinnett.