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These 13 teachers in Auburn City Schools have been named 'best of the best'
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These 13 teachers in Auburn City Schools have been named 'best of the best'

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Auburn Junior High's Kim Johnson and Wrights Mill Road's LaDextric Oliver to represent Auburn City Schools

Auburn Junior High School’s Kim Johnson and Wrights Mill Road Elementary School’s LaDextric Oliver will represent the school district in the statewide Alabama Teacher of the Year moving forward as Auburn City School’s secondary and elementary teachers of the year, respectively.

Auburn City Schools celebrated its top educators during the April 2021 Board of Education meeting, recognizing 13 Teachers of the Year.

“As teachers, they pour their heart and their soul into their students, into the families of their students and into this community,” Superintendent Dr. Cristen Herring said at the meeting. “Many of them I’ve had the privilege of working with personally, and I can attest to their fine skill in both the art and the science of teaching. These are the best of the best.”

Auburn City Schools honors 13 Teachers of the Year

Auburn City Schools honored its 13 Teachers of the Year at the April 2021 Board of Education meeting.

The annual Alabama State Department of Education Teacher of the Year Program honors excellence in the teaching profession by identifying outstanding Alabama classroom teachers at local, district, and state levels, according to the state department’s website.

Auburn Junior High School’s Kim Johnson and Wrights Mill Road Elementary School’s LaDextric Oliver will represent Auburn City Schools in the statewide competition moving forward as Auburn City School’s secondary and elementary teachers of the year, respectively.

Johnson and Oliver also received the Carol Pittard and Dianne Wilson Awards, respectively, through FACES (Foundation for Auburn’s Continuing Enrichment in Schools), a collection of community members and business partners that promote Auburn City Schools.

Oliver is the current physical education teacher at Wrights Mill Road and head varsity boys track coach. He previously served as the varsity track and football coach. He has 12 years of teaching experience at Auburn City Schools with 10 of those years at Wrights Mill Road.

“I can’t say enough about Coach Oliver. He’s always there for everyone, including our parents, our teachers and our students” Wrights Mill Road Assistant Principal Tracey Streetman said at the meeting. “He’s the dad that we all need at school each and every day. He’s always there to lend an extra and willing hand from parents that come to school and enjoy P.E. with Coach Oliver. We didn’t get to do that this year, but he is always innovative and ready to go.”

Wrights Mill Road's LaDextric Oliver to represent Auburn City Schools on the state level for Teacher of the Year

Wrights Mill Road Assistant Principal Tracey Streetman honors Wrights Mill Road's teacher of the year, LaDextric Oliver during the April 2021 Auburn City Schools Board of Education meeting. Oliver will represent Auburn City Schools moving forward in the statewide Alabama Teacher of the Year program.

Oliver received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in kinesiology from Auburn University. He is a product of Auburn City Schools.

Johnson teaches eighth and ninth grade study skills classes and serves as Auburn Junior High’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator. Johnson is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher and has taught since 1998. Before teaching Study Skills, she taught eight grade English Language Arts for 18 years.

“There’s two words that sum up Johnson not only for our students but for our staff: She’s our school mom,” Auburn Junior High School Principal David Oliver said at the meeting. “So many of our young teachers go to her for advice, and I go to her for advice. She has the pulse of the school, and she’s just one of those outstanding educators that we are so fortunate to have not only at Auburn Junior High but in Auburn City Schools.

Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in education from Alabama A&M University in English Language Arts Education, and holds an education specialist’s degree from Auburn University in English Language Arts Education.

Here are the 13 Teachers of the Year:

Auburn High School: Silvia Scaife

Auburn Junior High: Kim Johnson

East Samford: Timothy Meeks

Drake Middle School: Traci Curry

Auburn Early Education Center: Abby Brown

Cary Woods Elementary School: Brooke Braswell

Creekside Elementary School: Ashley Wood

Dean Road Elementary School: Whitney McBride

Ogletree Elementary School: DeAnne DeWeese

Pick Elementary School: Leigh Green

Richland Elementary School: Celeste Dorman

Wrights Mill Road: LaDextric Oliver

Yarbrough Elementary School: Tracey Oprandy

Students can safely sit just 3 feet apart in the classroom as long as they wear masks but should be kept the usual 6 feet away from one another at sporting events, assemblies, lunch or chorus practice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines.

Calling teaching a “family sport,” Herring thanked the teachers and their loved ones for the dedicated shown throughout the year.

“Certainly in the year of COVID-19 and all of the extraordinary circumstances that school needs right now, these teachers have risen to the challenge to provide school in-person and remotely for all of our students, all day and all-year,” Herring said.

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