Sofsian named Teacher of Year

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

For the past 20 years, Union County Public Schools has chosen one teacher each year as the best of the best.

This year, Kerri Sofsian, a first-grade teacher at Kensington Elementary School, has won the top teacher title for the 2013-14 school year.

Sofsian was named during Thursday’s (April 25, 2013) UCPS Teacher of the Year Banquet. She said she was very surprised when she heard her name called. “I’ve been in various teachers’ classrooms and I know how good they are,” she said. “It’s really hard to believe that I could be at the top of that caliber.”

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Sofsian complemented the school system and the quality of education being taught. “We moved to Union County because of the quality of the education we knew our kids would get and that we would get to be part of. And then to be chosen as teacher of the year is more than I could ever have imagined. It’s really a dream.”

Sofsian spoke of how much she enjoys teaching at Kensington Elementary School. “Who could ask for a better job than to teacher first-graders how to read. I was telling my husband on our way here tonight that my celebration is that my last first-grader is on grade-level.

Her principal, Dr. Rachel Clarke, on the other hand said she was not surprised to hear her teacher’s name called. “Mrs. Sofsian is one of those teachers who inspires everyone around her to do better because of her passion for children, coupled with her work ethic,” Clarke said.

“She is a leader in our school, and always, always keeps her focus on the children,” Clarke added. “This was even exemplified in her speech, when she said her biggest celebration was that her last child finally made it to grade level in reading. I am very proud of Mrs. Sofsian, and we are fortunate to have her here on staff. She will represent the county well.”

During the program, the 2012 UCPS Teacher of the Year, Maxie Johnson, a seventh-grade math teacher at East Union Middle, addressed all the school-level teachers of the year.

“You are all wonderful and exceptional at what you do,” Johnson said. “Be proud. Be strong. Be everything you were before: inspire, reach, teach, love, plant, grow, coach and mentor. Teachers, be blessed and most of all, be a blessing.”

For winning the countywide Teacher of the Year title, Sofsian received $500 and a Teacher of the Year ring. The Union County Education Foundation also awarded Sofsian a laptop computer.

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis commended all the school-level winners at the banquet. “Our society is only as prepared as our children are prepared,” Ellis said. “It is very easy to make decision based on the best interest of children because I know that’s where your heart is also.”

Pierce Group Benefits sponsored the 2013 Teacher of the Year Banquet, held at Rolling Hills Country Club.

 

This article was written by Deb Coates Bledsoe, Union County Public Schools Communications Coordinator and provided courtesy of the UCPS Communications Office.