During a special event, TCSD #1 named Lisa Gingery as its 2017 Teacher of the Year.
Nominated by her peers, a selection committee selected Ms Gingery from four teacher nominees to represent the TCSD #1 teaching staff in the Wyoming Teacher of the Year program. The other three nominees were Ann Mertaugh, Stan Morgan, and Michelle Rinaldi. The district recognizes the members of the Selection Committee for the difficult process of selecting one overall TCSD Teacher-of -the-Year from four amazing nominees.
Learn more about each of the nominees:
Watch Lisa Gingery’s video
Watch Anne Mertaugh’s video
Watch Stan Morgan’s video
Watch Michelle Rinaldi’s video
The selection committee included two district administrators, Kathy Milburn and Scott Crisp, teachers Nancy Shibuya and Ryan Bell, Board Trustee Annie Band and Teton County Education Foundation Chair, Nicole Krieger and Holly Voorhees-Carmical.
The Committee process was both thorough and transparent. After reading each application, they discussed and eventually voted, with the overall winner being the nominee with the most votes. As you can imagine, it was a hand wringing vote.
As stated in the Wyoming Department of Education guidelines, the Wyoming Teacher of the Year must Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; Be poised, articulate, and have the energy to withstand a busy schedule as teacher of the year; and Demonstrate high levels of academic achievement for their students. Lisa embodies these traits, as well as many, many others that make her a wonderful representative for TCSD #1.
In accepting this recognition Ms. Gingery stated, “This is an amazing honor. This award is an acknowledgement of how important kindergarten really is and I want to thank the team at Jackson Elementary School, the students and the families. I have worked with the best, they set the bar high for me and I strive to live up to the example set by this amazing team.”
Lisa Gingery has been working as an educator in Wyoming for 22 years beginning in Fremont School District #1, and moving to Teton County School District #1 in 2003. Lisa’s career has included teaching junior high, 2nd grade, and 1st grade. For 14 years she has taught kindergarten at Jackson Elementary School. Ms. Gingery holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wyoming. Lisa is married and has a daughter in 5th grade. When she is not teaching, she can be found kayaking and hiking the trails of Grand Teton National Park with her Family.