UCPS announces Beginning Teacher of the Year finalists
The UCPS Beginning Teacher of the Year program recognizes new teachers in their first three years of employment who demonstrate excellence in the classroom. This school year marks the second time this award has been presented to a beginning teacher.
Five Beginning Teacher of the Year finalists have been selected from a pool of nominations that were provided by principals. The winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet on April 16.
Congratulations to the following Beginning Teacher of the Year finalists:
Kristy Confer is a first-year Biology teacher at Monroe High. In addition to building lasting relationships with students, Kristy is very proactive in her approach to collaboration and instructional delivery and always keeps her class interesting and engaging for students.
Lauren Kiser is a first-year teacher at Sun Valley Elementary. She leads the way with instructional leadership in her kindergarten classroom, and her natural rapport with children coupled with her strong relationship-building skills contribute to her highly engaging classroom environment.
Maggie Martin is a first-year teacher at Rea View Elementary. In addition to building relationships and a culture of respect in her fifth grade classroom, she also enjoys sharing ideas on effective teaching strategies.
Sophia Rinkert is a second-year English teacher at Forest Hills High. In her classroom, she makes meaningful connections to real life scenarios. She has also taken the initiative to start a student club and volunteer with various afterschool activities.
Dr. Ben Tewolde is a first-year lateral entry science and chemistry teacher at Weddington High. He goes above and beyond to ensure success for his students, often seeks professional development opportunities and is eager to learn ways to increase rigor and student engagement in his classroom.