Gwinnett County Schools are ranked as some of the best in the country, so when the Sugar Hill City Council honored the North Gwinnett cluster Teachers of the Year at its recent council meeting, they were recognized as “the cream of the crop.”
Touting them as “the best in Gwinnett County,” council member Marc Cohen expressed his pride while announcing the Teachers of the Year from the North Gwinnett cluster of schools. Of the six teachers, five were able to attend the meeting and accept plaques presented by the city of Sugar Hill.
All of the teachers were named Teacher of the Year for their respective schools, with two of the teachers reaching semifinalist status for the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year award.
The teachers were praised for “promoting learning to their students as a lifelong endeavor” and for the time and dedication they put into their passion for teaching. The Teachers of the Year recognized by the city of Sugar Hill are:
• Jennifer James, a fifth grade language arts teacher at Level Creek Elementary. She has taught at Level Creek for seven years and has a total of 22 years of teaching experience.
• Emily Brubaker, who teaches fifth grade language arts and science at Riverside Elementary. Brubaker has been teaching at Riverside for 21 years and has 25 years of teaching experience.
• Denisse Cabrera, a first grade teacher at Roberts Elementary who teaches all classes. She has been teaching at Roberts for four years and has a total of 20 years teaching experience.
• Kari Lemoine, who teaches K-5 visual arts at Suwanee Elementary School. Lemoine has taught at Suwanee for four years and has been teaching for a total of 13 years.
• Heather Wheeler, a seventh grade life science teacher at North Gwinnett Middle School. She is also one of two semifinalists from the North Gwinnett cluster for Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching at North Gwinnett Middle for four years and has taught for a total of 14 years.
• David Metrio, who teaches ninth and 12th grade orchestra at North Gwinnett High School. He is also a semifinalist for Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. Metrio has been with North Gwinnett for two years and has a total of four years teaching experience. He was unable to attend the meeting due to a family emergency.