Clarkdale educators honored in teacher of the year contest
Two teachers at Clarkdale-Jerome School were recognized recently during the Yavapai County Teacher-of-the-Year competition.
Kindergarten teacher Trudy Currie was runner-up for Teacher-of-the-Year in the Small Districts category of the countywide competition. Fourth-grade teacher Anne Conway was nominated in the fourth-through-eighth-grade category.
Currie has taught at Clarkdale-Jerome for 23 years, 18 of those as kindergarten teacher. "I've taught for 28 years," she said. As runner-up she won $250 and a plaque.
She said the money will be used in her classroom.
Currie won the Wal-Mart Teacher-of-the-Year competition in 2003.
She earned $1,000 for that honor. In 1989, she was picked as the Clarkdale-Jerome PTSO Teacher-of-the-Year.
"I feel very flattered that my boss would nominate me," Currie said. "That means more to me than winning anything."
Conway echoed those thoughts. "After 26 years, it feels good to know that I'm still doing what I need to do to be effective," she said.
Conway started teaching at Clarkdale-Jerome in 1982. During those 26 years, she has taught almost every grade, second through eighth.
Superintendent Kathleen Fleenor nominated both teachers.
She said both Conway and Currie were teaching at the school before she arrived.
She wrote letters of recommendation for both teachers.
The teachers then sent in lesson plans and had to answer eight questions.
Retired educators and business people judged the contestants and selected the winners, according to Fleenor.
She said there was a lot more to her nomination decisions than just what the two teachers do for the school district.
"Over and above their teaching abilities, it's their community involvement," Fleenor said.