NewsEducationPreK-12 / July 28, 2014

Avon School District Names Teacher Of The Year

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Avon School District Names Teacher Of The Year

Avon fifth grade teacher Christy Shephard (right) with Superintendent Margaret Hoernemann.

Photo courtesy Avon Community School Corp.

Christy Shepard has been named Teacher of the Year inthe Avon Community School Corporation. The fifth grade high ability teacher at Avon Intermediate School West was recognized in a ceremony held during school district's opening day activities.

“Mrs. Shepard’s passion and capability for teaching students with exceptional needs is evident in her culturally responsive, rigorous and engaging classroom,” said Dr. Margaret Hoernemann, ACSC Superintendent. “She is a master at cooperative learning, project based design, differentiating instruction and behavior management.”

Shepard was selected as Avon’s Teacher of the Year by a committee comprised of community members. She was presented with a special plaque and award from the Sharon Pinnick Educational Fund of the Hendricks County Community Foundation, a check from the Avon Rotary Club, as well as a gift card from A+ Teaching Supplies and a special bouquet from Flowered Occasions.

The other candidates (who were previously selected as their buildings’ Teacher of the Year) included: Diane Stafford (formerly at Avon High School); Ashley Koontz (Avon Middle School North); Katie Littig (Avon Middle School South); Troy Warthan (Avon Intermediate School East); Holly Clark (Cedar Elementary); Jennifer Guerrero (Hickory Elementary); Andrea Brown (Maple Elementary); Andrea Rader (Pine Tree Elementary); Sarah O’Brien (River Birch Elementary); Tracy Wheeler (Sycamore Elementary); and Monica Balash (White Oak Elementary).

Shepard received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan. She has taught in Avon Schools for 14 years.

Avon Community School Corporation submitted Mrs. Shepard’s impressive portfolio to the Indiana Department of Education for the state’s selection process of the Indiana Teacher of the Year award.