Meet the District Teacher of the Year: Ms. Stephanie Gonzalez – Special Education Teacher at Center Elementary
Retired teachers and community members, met as a district review team to interview the top three District finalists for the Teacher of the Year award. The finalists were chosen by the Professional Development Committee, which reviewed nomination packets submitted by building leaders. The names had been removed from the nomination packets so the committee could determine winners based on the merit of the nominees.
Through an in-person interview process, the district review team chose Ms. Stephanie Gonzalez as the 2021-2022 Center School District Teacher of the Year.
Center Elementary peers describe special education teacher, Stephanie Gonzalez, as “a teacher with a great personality who has a great rapport with students and families. She is an extraordinary teacher who has the rare gift and ability to truly light up the classroom with inspiration.” Stephanie has worked in the district for nine years and is a leader for our Special Education Department. She began her career at CSD as a student-teacher. Other peers share, “she goes beyond to help other teachers in our department. Stephanie is well organized, detail-oriented, and interacts well with her students. She is knowledgeable about best practices in teaching, learning, professional development, and Individual Educational Programs for her students. She also works well with classroom teachers to collaborate to help students meet their goals. She can instruct students with varying skill levels and can connect and communicate using a student-centered approach that fosters creativity, expression, and leadership.” Stephanie has not only led her students with wonderful leadership skills she also had led her professionals to become great leaders by sharing knowledge so the team continues to learn and grow. She embodies all that is great about public schools.”
Please help us congratulate Ms. Gonzalez for earning this wonderful honor.