New Hanover County school board announces teachers, principal of the year

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New Hanover County educators of the year: ​(Laura Graham- Elementary School Teacher of the Year, Gregory Law- Middle School Teacher of the Year, Katie Snyder- High School and Overall Teacher of the Year, and Dr. Jerry Oates- Principal of the Year.)
New Hanover County educators of the year: ​Laura Graham, elementary school teacher of the year; Gregory Law, middle school teacher of the year; Katie Snyder, high school and overall teacher of the year; and Dr. Jerry Oates, principal of the year.

Hoggard High School teacher Katie Snyder has been named New Hanover County’s Teacher of the Year, while Williston Middle’s Dr. Jerry Oates has been named the district’s principal of the year.

The New Hanover County Board of Education and the Wells Fargo Foundation honored teachers and principals of the year at the school district’s annual banquet, which was held at Ashley High School on Tuesday night. In addition to Synder, Eaton’s Laura Graham was honored as elementary teacher of the year, while Trask’s Gregory Law received top honors among middle school teachers.

Snyder and Oates will go on to represent New Hanover County at the regional level and possibly advance to the state level, according to New Hanover County Schools Spokeswoman Valita Quattlebaum. As teacher of the year, Snyder received a 2015 Toyota Prius to drive for one year from Hendrick Toyota of Wilmington.

The New Hanover County Board of Education recognized all of the district schools’ 2015-2016 teachers of the year, which were:

  • Brian Toth, Alderman Elementary
  • Curtis Fallon, Anderson Elementary
  • Peggy Bridgers, Ashley High
  • Danae Wangenstein, Bellamy Elementary
  • Liza Saunders, Blair Elementary
  • Joy Whitlow, Bradley Creek Elementary
  • Peter Hunt, Carolina Beach Elementary
  • Lisa Cole, Castle Hayne Elementary
  • Julie Saba, Codington Elementary
  • Allison Munford, College Park Elementary
  • Dana Brigman, College Rd Early Childhood Center
  • Laura Graham, Eaton Elementary
  • Ana Valle-Greene, Forest Hills Elementary
  • Melissa Stephens, Rachel Freeman Elementary
  • Jessica Greenway, Gregory Elementary
  • Katie Snyder, Hoggard High
  • Amy Sandlin, Holly Shelter Middle
  • Delia Scarborough, Holly Tree Elementary
  • Kerri Harris, Howe Pre-K
  • Kitt Starnes, Isaac Bear Early College High
  • Pamela Mack, Johnson Early Childhood Center
  • Lisa Everette, Lake Forest Academy
  • Jamie Green, Laney High
  • Robert Motley, Mosley Performance Learning Center
  • Elizabeth Crace, Murray Middle
  • Michelle Manis, Murrayville Elementary
  • Rosemarie Sutzko, Myrtle Grove Middle
  • Jennifer Burdette, New Hanover High
  • Synthia Kevitz, Noble Middle
  • Maureen Hill, Ogden Elementary
  • Stacy Stone, Parsley Elementary
  • Jennifer Rosser, Pine Valley Elementary
  • Allyson Redd, Roland-Grise Middle
  • Kristin Rudy, Snipes Academy
  • Amy Fallon, Sunset Park Elementary
  • Gregory Law, Trask Middle
  • Shemeka Shufford, Virgo Prep
  • Lynda Cooley, Mary C. Williams Elementary
  • Jeff Christner, Williston Middle
  • Grace Pittman, Wilmington Early College
  • Constance Lamar, Winter Park Elementary
  • Tiffany Forsythe, Wrightsboro Elementary
  • Jennifer Crafts, Wrightsville Beach Elementary

Principal of the year nominations included:

  • Tim Dominowski, Murrayville Elementary
  • James McAdams, New Hanover High
  • Dr. Jerry Oates, Williston Middle School
  • Amy Oots, Mary C. Williams Elementary
  • Carole Piner, Anderson Elementary
  • Dr. Steven Sullivan, Hoggard High School