Columbia County's 2005 Teacher of the Year will be named in a banquet Thursday.
The Teacher of the Year honor is given to educators from each school displaying unique and effective teaching skills in the classroom. They are chosen by their fellow teachers at their school.
This year's five finalists for the county's Teacher of the Year are Andy Baum-gartner, a kindergarten teacher at Greenbrier Elementary and former National Teacher of the Year; Noel Feeney, an English teacher at Harlem High School; Leeann Fleis-chauer, a second-grade teacher at Euchee Creek Elementary School; Camille Spires, an art teacher at Bel Air Elementary School; and Leslie Wright, an eighth-grade teacher at Greenbrier Middle School.
The county winner will then compete for state Teacher of the Year honors.
As in the county contest, state competitors will undergo an interview with a panel of judges, who also observe the teacher in the classroom.
· Teacher of the Year will be awarded during banquet
· Columbia County's 2005-06 Teachers of the Year
· The 2005-06 Media Specialist of the Year
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