Lexington Schools Teacher of the Year Award

Two chosen for Lexington Schools Teacher of the Year Award

The Lexington City School system decided to double down on their recognition of teaching excellence this year by selecting two teachers of the year during their annual breakfast on Thursday morning at Childress Vineyards.

Sha Mosley, a third-grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School, and Arthur Johnson, AP History, government and politics and AP Geography teacher at Lexington Senior High School, were chosen as the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year.

Mosley said she was shocked to be recognized, but that it makes her proud to realize she is valued.

“I appreciate the recognition of all the hard work I have done,” Mosley said. “I get to work alongside some wonderful educators. I just make it part of my job every day to make sure that my students are empowered, happy and ready to come into my room and feel comfortable. I am more of a person that works under the radar and don’t want recognition, but this make me very proud of myself.”

Kim Britt, principal at Southwest Elementary School, said she couldn’t be more proud of the work Mosley has done.

“I am so delighted for her; she is one of my rock stars,” Britt said. “It is always those who work the hardest who are unappreciated sometimes, but she has always been a true leader for everyone else. This is her time and she is so deserving, I am so proud of her.”

Johnson said he was excited to be recognized for his work.

“I didn’t anticipate this,” Johnson said. “I just try to do my job the best I can and it is great to be recognized for doing my job in the way I do. What means the most to me is seeing my kids be successful; having them come back after graduation and telling me about what they are doing or telling me what college they are going to. I live vicariously through my students’ success.”

Monique Curry, principal at Lexington Senior High School, said she was proud that Johnson was selected as co-teacher of the year.

“He is so deserving of this,” Curry said. “We are very excited at the high school, and I think he will represent us well. At one time, Mr. Johnson was teaching five different courses. We needed someone and he said he would do it. He is just that kind of a guy. We are so very proud.”

Following the award presentation, Lexington City Schools Superintendent Rick Kriesky flipped a coin to decide who would move forward in the regional teacher of the year competition, which Mosley won.

During the ceremony, Kriesky said that although it sounded cliché, he does truly value and appreciate all of the teachers in the school system and is especially proud of those who were selected by their individual schools as teacher of the year.

“What you do is special. We are so proud of you and for you,” Kriesky said. “You were voted teacher of the year for your building and that is so significant. You exemplify what is the best in public education.”

He said that being a public educator is difficult, especially in the recent days, but he appreciates the hard work and dedication of all educators.

“People throw rocks at public education every day, and every individual that went to public schools think they are the expert,” Kriesky said. “But you are the experts, you are the ones doing the jobs, you are where the rubber meets the road. It is my honor to have served in the same school system with you because you are what public education and teachers should be.”

Also during the ceremony, Beth Bunce, one of the judges for the nominees for teacher of the year, made a contribution to each of the teachers. She announced that Bunce Buildings will give each of the teachers $500, with an additional $750 going to both the district’s teachers of the year.

Other teachers recognized as their individual school teacher of the year were Steve Love, South Lexington Developmental Center; Madeline Greene, South Lexington Elementary School; Kelly Carter, Charles England Elementary School; Michelle Davis, Pickett Elementary School and Melissa Peoples, Lexington Middle School.

LaToya Warren, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lexington Middle School, received the city school system’s teacher of the year award last year.
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