HOOVER, AL — The 2020-21 school year has been challenging, to say the least, but teachers throughout the state have stepped up to adapt to COVID-19 pandemic procedures and the reality that teaching this year is exponentially different.
Hoover City Schools announced this year's Teachers of the Year, in a year that has been anytihg but normal.
Katherine Thompson (Riverchase Elementary School) was named Elementary Teacher of the Year and Hoover City Schools District Secondary Teacher of the Year is Pamela McClendon (Riverchase Career Connection Center).
Both educators were honored Thursday, December 17, in surprise ceremonies. As district winners, McClendon and Thompson will proceed to the state level for Alabama Teacher of the Year consideration.
Nominees for Teacher of Year for each Hoover School:
Berry Middle School: Dianne Rowe (Theater Arts)
Bluff Park Elementary: Avery Lieske (3rd Grade)
Brick's Gap Intermediate: Terri Davis (5th Grade Math and Science)
Bumpus Middle School: Ashley Lloyd (6th Grade ELA)
Deer Valley Elementary: Katie Woolard (3rd Grade)
Green Valley Elementary: Jenny Smith (1st Grade)
Greystone Elementary: Samantha Seymour (Math Coach)
Gwin Elementary: Laura Oliver (1st Grade)
Hoover High School: Adrian Fitzpatrick (9th Grade English)
Riverchase Elementary: Katherine Thompson (Special Education)
Rocky Ridge Elementary: Ginny Ezekiel (5th Grade ELA, SS)
Shades Mountain Elementary: Nancy McGowan (Math Coach)
Simmons Middle School: Tamera Carter (7th Grade ELA)
South Shades Crest Elementary: Hunter Birdyshaw (1st Grade)
Spain Park High School: Hannah Joseph (Spanish)
Trace Crossings Elementary: Amanda Mundy (Kindergarten)
Riverchase Career Connection Center: Pamela McClendon (Cyber Innovation Academy 10-12)