|GDOE Teacher of the Year Finalists (seated)|
2016 GDOE Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist and SOE Alumni Association Treasurer
Every year, teachers are nominated by parents, students, fellow teachers, or administrators for Teacher of the Year. GDOE Deputy Superintendent Erika Cruz says that this year, they received 67 nominations and 21 candidates who accepted the nominations. After a panel of judges conducted interviews and evaluated the teachers, the list is now down to six Teacher of the Year semi-finalists, two from each grade level. The semi-finalists are Graziella Griffin from GW High, Leonora Balajadia from Okkodo High, Gracelle Canar from UPI Elementary, Dr. Rochelle Diaz from Maria Ulloa Elementary, Richard Velasco from FBLG Middle and Patricia Abub also from FBLG Middle.