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Three earn Teacher of Year honors
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Three Warren County educators have been recognized with Teacher of the Year awards in their grade-level category.
WCHS teacher Andy Evans has received the honor for grades 9-12, WCMS teacher Sharon Hargrove has earned the distinction for grades 5-8, and West Elementary teacher Linda Daniel is recognized for grades pre-K-4.
By virtue of winning local honors, the three advance to district competition where they will try to advance even further. Teachers with the Warren County School System have advanced all the way to state competition in the past.
Evans is in his 12th year of teaching special education students at WCHS. A former Pioneer defensive coordinator, he says the challenge is one he enjoys and he likes going to work.
“I have to give credit to all the people I work with because we have a great staff here at the high school,” said Evans. “I couldn’t do my job without help from my colleagues and teacher assistant Lisa Siatta. I also have a great group of students who work hard to succeed.”
Daniel has spent 44 years in the classroom, including 42 teaching first grade. She’s currently a first-grade teacher at West. Her other two years were spent teaching third grade and title reading.
Her students are quick to give her hugs and really respond to her upbeat personality. She said winning Teacher of the Year is an honor she did not expect.
Hargrove has been a teacher for 30 years, including the past 10 as an ESL teacher. She credits her students for making her shine.
“My students come into my classroom ready to work,” said Hargrove. “It’s because of their hard work that I’ve gotten something like this.”
Hargrove’s WCMS co-workers were quick to call her one of the most talented and engaging teachers in the school system and said the award is well-deserved.
Central office employee Betty Wood spearheaded the Teacher of the Year designation and says the three candidates selected speak for themselves.
“We do have great educators in Warren County,” said Wood.
She added all three candidates share an ability to inspire students to embrace a love of learning and make a positive impact on the lives of their students.