STERLING – The Sterling Schools Foundation honored Sterling Unit 5 teachers and support staff May 23 with the 2012-13 Dr. James A. Garnett Teacher of the Year awards.
Finalists were chosen by polling parents and staff members in April.
The Teacher of the Year committee chose the winners.
Each of the winners received a certificate, with teachers receiving $500, and new teachers and support staff given $250.
Susan Lawson, an English teacher at Sterling High School, for her professionalism and optimism.
Samantha Celestino, a language arts teacher at Challand Middle School, who has impressed her peers with her ability to connect with students individually.
Patti Douglas, a 33-year teacher, who works with special education students in third, fourth, and fifth grades.
Heather Wittenauer, for kindergarten and second grades, in part for her development of a summer reading program for her students.
New teachers were Shelly Atilano, first-year teacher, and Nicole Martinelli, second-year teacher.
Support staff receiving recognition were Lori Adell at SHS; Cindy Brown at Challand; and Vicky Salas, who has worked at Challand, Jefferson, Lincoln, and currently at Washington elementary schools.