Teachers of the Year: Educational Excellence

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Teachers of the Year winner Amy Anderson at Buckeye Woods Elementary School

As any parent of school-age children knows, teachers play a critical role in students' education, social development and well-being.

In recognition of this,Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News partnered for the fourth year to honor some of Central Ohio's top teachers.

We're pleased to present the results of the 2017Columbus Parent/ThisWeek Community News Teachers of the Year awards, which recognize three deserving educators—one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

We launched the project by mailing letters to principals and school district communications staffers to let them know about the recognition program and to urge them to nominate worthy teachers. The effort also was promoted on the websites and social media pages of bothParent and ThisWeek.

From Feb. 1 to March 15, readers submitted 133 online nominations, from parents, current and former students, colleagues and even family members.

Our editorial staffs reviewed the submissions and narrowed the list to 15 finalists—five per category. It was a tough choice. This year's pool clearly showed there are many excellent teachers in the region who impress and inspire students, parents and colleagues through their work in the classroom.

Readers voted on the finalists from March 27 to May 1 to determine the winners, who were recognized at awards ceremonies at their schools. Teachers did not know they won in advance, nor did students or most of the staff. Each received a summer fun prize basket (which included a family membership to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, tickets to the Columbus Clippers and Zoombezi Bay, a Kroger gift card and other items) as well as a framed certificate and banner.

Past Winners:


Judges' Choice Winners

Sequoia Temple, kindergarten, Maize Elementary School (Columbus City Schools)

Pamela Reed, sixth-grade English and language arts, Buckeye Middle School (Columbus City Schools)

Susan Burnett, grades 9-12 intervention specialist, Cruiser Academy (Groveport Madison School District)

People's Choice Winner:

Abby Farris, second grade, Glacier Ridge Elementary School (Dublin City School District)


Krista Hyme, kindergarten, Johnnycake Corners Elementary School (Olentangy Local School District)

Lisa Picou, fifth-grade math, Buckeye Valley Middle School (Buckeye Valley Local School District)

Cynthia Macioce, drama, Gahanna Lincoln High School (Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools)


Buffy Burroughs, first grade, Avondale Elementary School (Columbus City Schools)

Julie Mizer, eighth-grade math, Hilliard Memorial Middle School (Hilliard City School District)

Marcella Cua, visual arts, Briggs High School (Columbus City Schools)