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CSF honors Teachers of the Year

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PEART: Deborah Peart poses for photos with CSF Superintendent Don DeWeese, left, and FHS Principal Steve Edwards, right, after she was voted Teacher of the Year by her peers at Frankfort High School.
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MARSHALL: Green Meadows Teacher of the Year Josh Marshall poses for photos with DeWeese, left, and principal Brian Johnson, left.
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PEREZ: Blue Ridge Teacher of the Year Amy Perez poses for photos with DeWeese, left, and principal Karie Cloe.

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Teachers of the Year were announced and honored for their work at the Community Schools of Frankfort Board of Trustees regular meeting on Tuesday evening at the Education and Administration Center on East Wabash Street in Frankfort.

The Teachers of the Year for CSF are Deborah Peart (Frankfort High School), Amanda Long (Frankfort Middle School), Amanda Roberts (Suncrest), Josh Marshall (Green Meadows) and Amy Perez (Blue Ridge).

“I have watched them all teach,” said superintendent Don DeWeese. “I have watched them all interact with the kids, and they are amazing. They are outstanding teachers. They were chosen by their peers in each building, and they got it right.

“The cool part about it is that our district is filled with very talented, committed, knowledgeable, outstanding teachers, and this is just the latest wave that our board took time this evening to say some nice things about, congratulate them and thank them for being a part of our district,” he added.

Peart has been working in special education at FHS since 2002, is licensed in social studies, and has been the senior prom sponsor for 11 years.

“She is just a person that the kids and the teachers at Frankfort High School can count on,” said FHS Principal Steve Edwards. “It was one of the votes that was probably pretty easy for our staff because of her heart and because of who she is.”

Long was not able to attend Tuesday's board meeting because the seven-year veteran of FMS was busy conducting the sixth grade band.

“She is doing her due diligence as she always does,” said FMS Principal Kelly Berenda. “I can't say enough about Amanda. She is just a phenomenal teacher who, hands down, deserves this award and much more. Amanda uses a very unique approach to teaching that applies to every subject.”

Roberts also missed the meeting due to a birthday in the family, but Suncrest Principal Stephanie West was there to accept the award on her behalf. Roberts has been at Suncrest for seven years, teaching second and third grade in that time.

“She is amazing,” West said. “She is young but her expectations and the role model she is for the staff and kids is amazing. When I come into her classroom, I don't want to leave because I learn something when I am in there as well. She is a well-rounded candidate for the title of Teacher of the Year, and we are very impressed with Amanda.”

Perez is a former standout athlete at FHS who teaches kindergarten at Blue Ridge. She began teaching in CSF in 2005.

“Not only is she a leader in our building ... this year, she also took on the health of our staff and offers pound classes to our teachers as well,” Blue Ridge Principal Karie Cloe said.

Marshall is wrapping up his 12th year with the last 11 coming at Green Meadows where he currently teaches fifth grade.

“The roles he plays at Green Meadows are many,” Green Meadows Principal Brian Johnson said. “He served on the Green Meadows Success Team, which is our leadership team. He is a leader of Professional Learning Communities at Green Meadows, a grade level leader, mentors new teachers, and he is a co-founder of Boys with Purpose.”

Marshall is also a COACH Kids mentor and will be the keynote speaker at tonight's COACH Kids Spring Banquet at Arborwood.

Board of Trustees President Karen Sutton described the five Teachers of the Year as “perfect.”

“They are all amazing teachers and very dedicated,” Sutton said. “They build relationships with the kids. They are just amazing. I have been able to sit in on some of the classrooms, and I am very impressed with these teachers, and a lot of our teachers are equally as good.”