Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Kathy Green, a fifth-grade teacher at Summerville Elementary School, is in the running for the LIVE with Kelly and Michael’s Top Teacher award.
Last week the hosts of the morning talk show, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, announced Green was one of 12 semifinalists for the show’s fourth annual Top Teacher Search contest. On April 16, the hosts announced Green was one of five finalists for the award.
The finalists were chosen based on online voting and will be showcased on the TV show during the week of April 29-May 3. After each finalist has been showcased, show viewers will cast their votes for the overall Top Teacher, who will be named the week of May 6.
The other four finalists are Erin Palonen from Griswold, Conn, Ann Marie Rooney from New Rochelle, NY, Suzette Steward from Katy, Texas and Rick Zano from Virginia Beach, Va.
Last week, Green was in the middle of a lesson when the semifinalist announcement was made. School officials taped the portion of the show during which the semifinalists were named and surprised the teacher shortly after by playing the recording for her class.
As Green’s name was announced her students and students from surrounding classrooms who had been brought into the hallway outside Green’s room for the surprise joined together in a thunderous round of applause. Green had not been aware she was in the running.
“We should all be very proud of Mrs. Green,” SES Principal Lori Dibble told the students. “She is already a District Two Teacher of the Year and now she is being considered for a national award because of the work she does in this classroom.”
For the contest show producers asked viewers to nominate teachers for being outstanding mentors to their students in and out of the classroom, for making their schools better, and for going above and beyond to serve their communities.
Green was nominated by Kristin Schulz. Her daughter, Lydia, was in Green’s fourth-grade class last year and is in her fifth-grade class this year.
In her nomination letter, Schulz explained that one day her daughter came home and told her Mrs. Green made her want to be a better person.
“From the minute you step into her classroom you know you will learn in a nurturing and challenging environment,” the mother wrote. “Mrs. Green is the type of educator who expects ‘the whole cookie – not the crumbs.’”
Green was one of only two elementary school teachers to be named a semifinalist. The group also included eight high school teachers, one junior high teacher and one middle school teacher.
Go to livekellyandmichael.dadt.com/contests/top-teacher-search-13/vote-login/ to see Schulz’s letter or to view information on all 12 semifinalists.