25 Norwood Teachers Honored for Classroom Innovation and Creativity
Norwood's Teacher of the Year to be Named May 12; Five Finalists Will be Unveiled in Week Leading Up to Award
Twenty-five Norwood teachers are candidates for the 17th annual Norwood Teacher of the Year Award, having been nominated by colleagues, parents and students who have shared stories of the teachers’ exemplary work.
Organized annually by the Orient Lodge of Masons, the Norwood Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers for their dedication and commitment to the education of Norwood students.
The 2023 nominees are:
Balch Elementary: Janice Garrity, Diana Martucci, Ellen Norton, Sandy Qualter, Patricia Wheeler
Callahan Elementary: Sara Ryan
Cleveland Elementary: Jane Catalano
Coakley Middle School: Joshua Bell, Nicole Conway, Angeleen Kelley, Diane Lockwood, Eileen Siegel
Norwood High School: Jennifer Orlinski
Oldham Elementary: Gina Stevens, Sarah Griffin
Prescott Elementary: Christopher Obara, Erica Renaud, Carol Thornton
St. Catherine of Siena: Stephanie Cobuccio, Marina Halabi, Kathleen Harrington, Karen Gorman, Kim Walsh
Willett Early Childhood Center: Katie Lambrenos, Colleen Reynolds
The winner, selected by a jury of parents and educators, will receive a cash award as well as a charitable donation to their school. Five finalists, selected by the Teacher of the Year organizing committee, will each receive a $100 gift card to One Bistro. The five finalists will be revealed across Orient Lodge social channels, one each day, starting Friday, May 5, and continuing throughout the following week. The winner will be unveiled at a reception for all nominated teachers on Friday, May 12.
Follow all the Teacher of the Year news on Orient Lodge’s Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtag #NorwoodTOY. Additionally, everyone is welcome to post their own “Norwood teacher appreciation” video or post on social media, tagging #NorwoodTOY and Orient Lodge’s Twitter handle (@Orient_Norwood) or Facebook page in their post. Nominees are particularly encouraged to share messages for students, parents, and colleagues. Follow-up posts and video shorts featuring the finalists are also planned.
Originally conceived by the Exchange Club of Norwood, Orient Lodge now proudly presents the annual program. In 2022, Cleveland School teacher Nora Galvin was honored as Teacher of the Year among 19 nominees.
About the Orient Lodge of Masons
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