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Forsyth Schools Names Teacher of the Year Finalists

The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on Friday, Feb. 15.

Forsyth County Schools will name its 2013 Teacher of the Year at the annual Celebration of Excellence on Friday, Feb. 15.

Here are brief bios on each finalist as announced on the FCS website:

Courtney Stokes, 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year – Big Creek Elementary School, Second Grade

Stokes received her Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her Master’s degree from Georgia State University in early education. Prior to joining Forsyth County Schools in 2010, she taught first and second grades at Mamaroneck Avenue School, Lee F. Jackson School and Morningside Elementary School. 

Through Courtney’s travel experiences abroad, she learned to respect language, literacy and change. As a teacher, she says she has the opportunity to influence all three. Courtney volunteers her time as an Assistance Troop Leader for her eldest daughter’s Brownie Girl Scout Troop.

Liz Watterson, 2013 Middle School Teacher of the YearSouth Forsyth Middle School, Seventh and Eighth Grade Math

Watterson received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from North Georgia College and State University. She began her teaching career at South Forsyth Middle School in 2005. During the summer after her first year of teaching, she had the opportunity to intern for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C.  

She volunteers her time on the weekends for Academic Bowl and Math Club competitions. Watterson enjoys participating in 5K and 10K fundraiser races. She attends Browns Bridge Church and is a volunteer for the Georgia National Guard’s Family Readiness Group. 

Nick Crowder, 2013 High School Teacher of the Year – South Forsyth High School, (Engineering) Technology Education

Crowder received his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining South Forsyth High School in 2008, he taught at Forsyth Central High School and Vickery Creek Middle School.

He advises the Technology Student Association where they sponsor at least two community events each year such as food drives, collecting for Toys for Tots and various other non-profits. He is a member of Browns Bridge Church where he also serves as the producer on the Tech Team.  

Congratulations to the finalists and to all of the 2013 Teachers of the Year! Click here for a list of school winners.

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