The eight semifinalists included:
-High school semifinalists: Jason Backus of Alexander High School; and Whitney Lester of Chapel Hill High School.
-Middle school semifinalists: Carol Lobban, Turner Middle School; and Tanganeki Shackleford of Stewart Middle School.
-Elementary school semifinalists: Darien Carruth of Mason Creek Elementary School; Michelle Jacobs of Chapel Hill Elementary School; Andrea Nesbitt of Beulah Elementary School; and Erika Prewett of Lithia Springs Elementary School.
According to the website, “The Douglas County teacher of the year selection committee has thoroughly read all 33 school-level Teacher of the Year applications and were very impressed by all the dedicated candidates. The selection committee expressed how difficult it was to narrow the list of those who moved on to county-level status to eight people.”
The next step in the selection process for these candidates is classroom observation followed by individual interviews, the website said.
All school-level Teachers of the Year will be honored at a reception Oct. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, 8000 Capps Ferry Road. Level winners and the Douglas County teacher of the year will be named at 2 p.m. during the Foxhall Family Festival Oct. 5.
In addition to the semifinalists, the school-level teachers of the year also included Miranda Martin, Annette Winn Elementary School; Kristina Glenn, Arbor Station Elementary School; Jeanette Dutcher, Bill Arp Elementary School; Kathryn Howard, Bright Star Elementary School; Brandi Goldin, Burnett Elementary School; Christal Wagner, Chapel Hill Middle School; Sheila Watts, Chestnut Log Middle School; Richard Sills, Dorsett Shoals Elementary School; Kyra Beris, Douglas County High School; Jennifer Waits, Eastside Elementary School; Lori Blevins, Factory Shoals Elementary School; Brittany Morgan, Factory Shoals Middle School; Robert Sheperd, Fairplay Middle School; Billy Carnes, Holly Springs Elementary School; Arabela Haynes, Lithia Springs High School; Suzanne Butler, Mason Creek Middle School; J.D. Hughes, Mirror Lake Elementary School; Tim Jenkins, Mt. Carmel Elementary School; Terry Pino, New Manchester Elementary School; McKeith Cordell, New Manchester High School; Allison Morgan, North Douglas Elementary School; Lisa Carruth, South Douglas Elementary School; Casey Mullins, Sweetwater Elementary School; Meredith McTyre, Winston Elementary School and Tammy Jones, Yeager Middle School.