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Howard Middle School Teacher Named D.C. Teacher of the Year

Photos by Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Teacher of the Year 2009 Kimberly Worthy (center) is surrounded by some of her students and flanked by Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso, D.C. State Board of Education President Robert Bobb, State Superintendent Debra Gist and State Board of Education member Mary Lord are also pictured.

D.C. education officials surprised Kimberly Worthy, the seventh grade social studies and language arts teacher, from the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science on Friday morning when they announced that she won the 2009 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year contest.

Deputy Mayor for Education Victor Reinoso, D.C. State Board of Education President Robert Bobb, State Superintendent Debra Gist and State Board of Education member Mary Lord arrived at the classroom with balloons and flowers in hand. Gist spoke to Worthy’s students about why their teacher was selected as DC Teacher of the Year and what it means to be awarded with this honor.

“Ms. Worthy represents the best of education. She is smart, creative, dedicated and believes in our students,” Gist said. “We were very impressed with her and she goes above and beyond what is required of her.”

Worthy was chosen as D.C. Teacher of the Year for her dedication to her students, commitment to the profession of teaching and her capacity to serve as an ambassador and model for the teachers in the District of Columbia. A panel of education leaders selected her after an application process that included a written application, essays, an interview, and a classroom observation. This was the first year that the DC Teacher of the Year contest was conducted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

“This means a lot to me,” Worthy said as she wiped a tear. “Being acknowledged for implementing culturally relevant teaching and cross-curricula approaches to teaching validates its efficacy. I am grateful to the administration and to my students for this opportunity.”

Head of School Sue P. White, faculty and students cheered and beamed with pride as she received this honor from the State Board.

Worthy is hugged by Blake Mosley, a seventh grader at the Howard University Middle School

“She cares about us,” said 11-year-old Blake Mosley. “I can’t believe I have the Teacher of the Year teaching me. I have never felt like this before.”

As the 2009 DC Teacher of the Year, Worthy will have the privilege of representing the District in the National Teacher of the Year competition and program, in which she will participate in professional development opportunities with other state teachers of the year, including a trip to a Teacher of the Year Conference in Dallas, Texas, in January.

At its monthly meeting on Dec. 17, the D.C. State Board of Education will publicly honor Worthy and the two D.C. finalists, Marjorie McClure of Lafayette Elementary School and Kelly Schrepfer of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School’s Shaw Campus.

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