Wingate hon­ored as Teacher of the Year

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VICTORIA WINGATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Jen­nifer Wingate, a first-grade teacher at South Dorch­ester School, was hon­ored by Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools as 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. Amy Stoops, a pre-kinder­garten teacher at Hur­lock El­e­men­tary School, was hon­ored as the 2016-17 First Class Teacher of the Year.

The an­nual Teacher of the Year event was held Tues­day, April 5, at Chop­tank El­e­men­tary School. There were 11 to­tal nom­i­nees for the Teacher of the Year award and nine to­tal nom­i­nees for the First Class Teacher of the Year award.

Wingate is a na­tive of Dorch­ester County who earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary and early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from Frost­burg State Univer­sity. She is cur­rently study­ing to earn a master’s in ed­u­ca­tion through LaSalle Univer­sity. As an un­der­grad­u­ate, she mi­nored in Span­ish and later be­came English for Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages cer­ti­fied through Phoenix Univer­sity.

While she cur­rently teaches first grade at South Dorch­ester, she has also taught pre-kinder­garten and kinder­garten at Maple El­e­men­tary. She was nom­i­nated First Class Teacher of the Year in 2010.

Wingate says the job of a teacher is to make chil­dren ea­ger to learn more, to be­lieve in them­selves, re­spect each other, keep prom­ises, and never give up.

Stoops hails from Cape May, N.J., orig­i­nally. She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion from El­iz­a­beth­town Col­lege.

The dream of be­ing an ed­u­ca­tor be­gan for Stoops when she was just 3 years old.

Stoops be­lieves that teach­ing keeps you on your feet, phys­i­cally and men­tally, and makes you ques­tion your­self ev­ery day to en­sure you are giv­ing your stu­dents the best ed­u­ca­tion that you can.

Each nom­i­nee re­ceived a small prize pack that in­cluded gift cards and a fleece blan­ket with the DCPS logo. As the win­ner of the First Class Teacher of the Year award, Stoops

re­ceived a prize pack val­ued at over $2,000 that in­cluded a year’s mem­ber­ship to Dorch­ester Cen­ter for the Arts, gift cards, a new lap­top from DCPS and more.

As Teacher of the Year, Wingate re­ceived a prize pack­age val­ued at over $4,000. It in­cluded a new lap­top from DCPS, a year’s mem­ber­ship to DCA, four box seats to a Del­marva Shore­birds game, an 18hole round of golf for two from Chop­tank River Golf, gift cards and more. The value of the pack­age does not in­clude the gift of un­lim­ited use of a car from Her­trich Fam­ily of Auto Deal­er­ships.

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WINGATE

First Class Teacher of the Year win­ner Amy Stoops, a pre-kinder­garten teacher at Hur­lock El­e­men­tary School, was es­corted by Bobby Hel­ga­son, also a teacher at HES.

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WINGATE

Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools held their an­nual Teacher of the Year awards re­cep­tion on Tues­day, April 5. Amy Stoops was sur­prised to hear her name when she was an­nounced as the win­ner of the First Class Teacher of the Year award.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

2016-2017 First Class Teacher of the Year Amy Stoops with Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner, Jr. at the awards re­cep­tion held on Tues­day, April 5.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

2016-2017 Teacher of the Year Jen­nifer Wingate with Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Henry V. Wag­ner, Jr. at the awards re­cep­tion held on Tues­day, April 5.

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