Teacher of the year fi­nal­ists named

Win­ner to be an­nounced at Nov. 6 re­cep­tion

The Covington News - - Front page - By Am­ber Pittman

Though the weather was gloomy Fri­day morn­ing, three New­ton County teach­ers re­ceived some news that made their days de­cid­edly brighter. They were sur­prised in their class­rooms with the an­nounce­ment that they were the top three fi­nal­ists for New­ton County’s 2009 Teacher of the Year.

Ali­cia Ste­wart was the first teacher to be no­ti­fied at Mans­field Ele­men­tary School where Prin­ci­pal G.W. Davis made an ex­cuse to keep the Quest teacher there in­stead of al­low­ing her to go to Palmer-Stone where she was sup­posed to be when a con­voy of school sys­tem of­fi­cials, as well as her fam­ily, con­verged on her class­room.

“This is so sur­real,” Ste­wart said. “It can’t be me - I’m just shak­ing all over. I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” she con­tin­ued. “When every­one leaves it will.”

In an es­say pre­pared for the TOTY com­pe­ti­tion Ste­wart said her mother was a huge in­flu­ence in her life and in her de­ci­sion to be­come a teacher.

“Life isn’t about how much money you make,” she wrote. “It is about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world and em­pow­er­ing oth­ers... Some­times the great­est teach­ers aren’t found in schools... my most im­pres­sion­able teacher was at home.”

She be­gan her teach­ing ca­reer in 1986 af­ter earn­ing her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion. She went on to get a Mas­ter of Sci­ence and she is gifted en­dorsed.

Ac­cord­ing to Davis, Ste­wart is ex­tremely de­serv­ing of the honor. “Lisa Ste­wart is the kind of teacher ev­ery prin­ci­pal wants as an em­ploy-

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