Terri D’Amato named LCS Teacher of the Year

Terri D’Amato named LCS Teacher of the Year

When all the numbers were added up, it was the value and quality of this math teacher that yielded her being named the Lexington City Schools 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year.

Terri D’Amato, an eighth-grade math teacher at Lexington Middle School, was named teacher of the year during a luncheon at Davidson County Community College on Thursday.

D’Amato has been teaching at the middle school for 16 years and she said she was astonished to be named the top teacher in the school district.

“I am shocked and surprised and very thankful,” D’Amato said. “It is just nice to know that all the effort and time that I put in to trying to do my best, people noticed. I just try to make things relevant, make things interesting, something that the children would be interested in.”

Sean Gaillard, principal at Lexington Middle School, said he is pleased the teacher of the year came from his school.

“We are so incredibly proud of an amazing teacher that represents the best of our profession,” Gaillard said.

Others who were named teachers of the year for their schools were Rebekah Macon, South Lexington Developmental Center; Denee Hairston, South Lexington School; Heather Hall, Charles England Elementary School; Terrence Fernung, Pickett Elementary School; and Charles Morman, Lexington Senior High School and Megan Young, Southwest Elementary School.

Each school’s teacher of the year received a plaque and a voucher to attend an educational conference of their choice. D’Amato received a new MacBook and a $200 Visa gift card.

Emy Garrett, assistant superintendent of Lexington City Schools, said the purpose of teacher of the year award is to celebrate the best and brightest of Lexington City Schools teachers.

“It is always so fun to celebrate excellence in our profession by honoring these true difference makers,” Garrett said. “Each of our teacher of the year representatives are amazing educators who are invaluable to our system and our students. ... There is no greater honor, I think, than to be recognized by your peers. So the fact that the seven of you are here is an amazing accomplishment.”

Lexington Mayor Newell Clark said he wanted to make sure the teachers knew how much they were appreciated by the community and thanked them for their service.

“I want to thank all the teachers, staff and administrators for what you do, on behalf of all the citizens of Lexington,” Clark said. “You are here every day, showing up helping our kids and, in turn, helping our community.”

Lexington Board of Education Vice-Chairwoman Angela McDuffie congratulated the teachers of the year for making a difference in their individual schools.

“I am always excited to see all the accomplishments of the year,” McDuffie said. “On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you to all the teachers for what you do for our children.”

 

Sharon Myers/The Dispatch

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