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Top 10 finalists selected in MEEF Teacher of the Year Program

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation (MEEF) has announced the Top Ten finalists for the Muscogee County School District Teacher of the Year. 

Finalists were selected from the applications of 56 teacher honorees – each named the Teacher of the Year (TOTY) for their respective schools. 

The finalists are as follows:

Lynn Robertson 
7th grade Science 
Aaron Cohn Middle School 

Aleatha Thrush
K-5th grade Art 
Britt David Elementary Magnet Academy 

Jeffrey Pearce 
10-12th grade Pre-AP Physics, Chemistry, AP Chemistry 
Columbus High School 

Pagianna Boykin 
4th grade Math 
Dorothy Height Elementary School 

Beth Horner 
Kindergarten 
Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy 

Oliver Ellis 
7th grade Life Science 
Fort Middle School 

Sheryl Green
10th grade English Literature, Yearbook 
Jordan High School 

Karen McDavid 
3rd grade 
Midland Academy 

Ebony Robinson
3rd grade 
North Columbus Elementary 

Isiah Harper 
9-12th grade Theatre 
Northside High School 

MEEF recognizes teachers who have dedicated themselves to excellence in the classroom. The Top Ten finalists will be interviewed by the MEEF Selection Committee, which is made up of business and educational leaders in Columbus. After the interviews, the Selection Committee will select the Top Three finalists, who will then be observed in their classrooms. 

The 2015 MCSD Teacher of the Year will be announced at the Gala on Thursday, May 7 at the Trade Center to an expected crowd of 800 supporters of excellence in education. 

The gala is open to the public and tickets to the Gala can be purchased at Springer Box Office April 13 - 24 for $35 each. 

The Selection Committee members include MEEF Board members, community leaders and former MCSD Teachers of the Year including: Chair: Carole Rutland - Coordinator - Coalition of Sound Growth; Steve Davis – President – Columbus Water Works; Warren Steele– Chairman of the Board – Columbus Regional Health; Joe Mills – Cornerstone Literacy -- MCSD TOTY 2002; Bill Murphy Executive Vice President Economic Development Greater Columbus Chamber; Kim Lester – MCSD – 2013 TOTY; Marquette McKnight – CEO - Media, Marketing ... and More! Inc. and Rodney Close CEO - Girls and Boys Club of the Chattahoochee Valley. 

MEEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering educational excellence by focusing on individual teachers who are innovative and exceptionally effective in their profession in the Muscogee County School district. The Foundation has awarded over $1.9 million to innovative teachers in 

MCSD, through financial incentives in the TOTY program, the MEEF Grant program and the MEEF Endowment Fund, the STEM-T3 program, the Harvard Fellows program and the Harvard Project Zero Induction program. 

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