By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
Morgan County Schools has selected the Teacher of the Year for each individual school and one District Teacher of the Year within the last two weeks. Kelly Brown, a PE Teacher, was named Teacher of the Year at the primary school, Lori West, a fourth grade teacher, was named Teacher of the Year for the elementary school, Penny Moore, a sixth grade teacher was named Teacher of the Year for the middle school and Jeffrey Rowser was named Teacher of the Year for the high school and selected as the District Teacher of the Year for Morgan County. “As always, it is so difficult to choose our Teacher of the Year from each school! Each winner exemplifies a high level of professional knowledge, instructional skills, communication, and community involvement. Our school system is fortunate to have such dedicated, passionate teachers working with our children, every day,” said Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent. Each of the teachers was honored to be chosen as a Teacher of the Year. “I’m extremely humbled by being selected to represent Morgan County Schools in the State Teacher of the Year selection process. We have such an abundance of sensational educators in Morgan County, and to be chosen as the one for this year is such an honor. I’m so grateful and blessed to be employed here,” said Rowser. Kelly Brown hopes her impact on students will last a lifetime. “I have been a teacher for 24 years, all of them at Morgan County Primary School. I was extremely surprised and deeply honored by this award,” said Brown. “I feel so blessed to work with some wonderfully talented teachers who I consider more than just colleagues, but also friends…I’m not here to produce a basketball player or a gymnast. I’m here to teach and guide my students to become “physically educated”; to be able to use their bodies actively for a life time. I love teaching, I have fun every day and I love working with the kids. I have the greatest job.” Penny Moore, who has been teaching language arts and social studies for 11 years, decided to become a teacher after having a career in marketing, opting for a more “family-friendly” professional path. “I was very honored to be chosen by my coworkers to represent the Middle School. I work with a wonderful group of professionals who make it their job to reach every child on a daily basis. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!” said Moore. “Dr. Bennett was kind enough to give me a chance, and I have never looked back. I love teaching, I love my kids, and I am so happy I made the change.” Lori West, who has been teaching for seven years, did not expect to be chosen. “I was surprised about being chosen as teacher of the year at MCES. There are so many deserving teachers in our building! I am thankful to be recognized and supported by my fellow teachers,” said West. “I wanted to become a teacher for several reasons. I love learning new things, teaching others, and I love children! I like the idea of making a difference in someone’s life, even if it is something very small. I hope I’m making a positive impact in my students’ lives.” .