FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three Teacher of the Year finalists were surprised last week when they learned they are now in the running to be this year’s winner.
Of the county’s 35 nominees, Julie Auten, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver City Elementary, Kristen Deuschle, a media specialist at Piney Grove Middle School, and Lisa Robinson, a Spanish teacher at Lambert High School, were selected as finalists.
“They will now be observed in their classrooms by the Teacher of the Year Selection Committee,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, a school district spokeswoman. “These scores, along with the scores from their essays and interviews, will determine the Forsyth County 2014 Teacher of the Year.”
A countywide winner will be announced at the Celebration of Excellence reception taking place Feb. 14 at the Forsyth Conference Center.
Auten, who joined Forsyth County Schools in 2008, received her bachelor’s degree from West Georgia College and her master’s and specialist degrees from the University of North Georgia.
Auten previously taught at Flowery Branch Elementary, White County Intermediate and several private schools.
“My students drive me to be creative, innovative, and deliberate as we work together,” Auten said. “So, this award is the result of the collaborative efforts of many.”
Deuschle received her bachelor’s degree from Olivet College in Michigan, her master’s degree from the University of North Georgia and her specialist degree from the University of Georgia.
“I consider this award a win for all media specialists and I hope that it sheds light on the value of our position,” Deuschle said. “It is because of supportive administration, co-workers and parents that I am able to lead our Piney Grove students into 21st Century learning.”
In addition to working at Piney Grove Middle, Deuschle taught at South Forsyth Middle, Holland Elementary and Haynes Bridge Middle.
Robinson, who has been at Lambert High School since it opened in 2009, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, her master’s degree from the University of Arizona and her specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
Robinson has seen the school staff grow from 65 teachers to 139 this year and from 1,400 students to about 2,600.
Prior to joining Lambert High, Robinson taught at South Forsyth High and also taught English as a Second Language (ESOL) in Madrid, Spain.
“I am privileged to work with these students and teachers and again, honored to be chosen as their teacher of the year.”