Ms. Manley’s philosophy on teaching and commitment to her students is eloquently revealed in an excerpt from her application for Teacher of the Year. Here she describes the attributes of an outstanding teacher and, without a doubt, she is describing herself:
An outstanding teacher embraces a variety of attributes which go beyond the walls of academics. An outstanding teacher is a team player; one that can easily collaborate with grade level teams as well as participate in vertical collaboration. The teacher is reliable, approachable and willing to go beyond the requirements to help her students, team and school. An outstanding teacher gives her everything to her class; her time, energy, money, love, patience, knowledge, joy, excitement, passion and love of learning. She encourages those who feel hopeless and drives those who are determined to push themselves. She celebrates both big and small successes with students’ achievements. She makes learning fun, exciting and encourages students to think outside the box. She is optimistic and can transform the ordinary into extraordinary.
Ms. Manley exhibits all of the attributes she mentions that are necessary to be an outstanding teacher. She is beloved by students, staff and parents who not only think of her as an exceptional teacher but as a role model, team player and mentor as well.
We are very proud to have Ms. Manley represent WSD in the Orange County competition for Teacher of the Year and we are also proud of our Teachers of the Year that represent each one of our school sites. Congratulations Ms. Manley and all of our exemplary Teachers of the Year!
School Site Teachers of the Year
Anderson Elementary - Erika Bradley
Clegg Elementary - Michelle Manley
DeMille Elementary - Linda Griffith
Eastwood Elementary - Keturah Prom
Finley Elementary - Stephanie Perry
Fryberger Elementary - Amy St. Clair
Hayden Elementary - Kristen Flores
Johnson Middle - Jason Carey
Meairs Elementary - Jenae Carratello
Schmitt Elementary - Tien Nguyen
Schroeder Elementary - Ami Briscoe
Sequoia Elementary - Nini Ha
Stacey Middle - Karla Doyle
Warner Middle - Beverly Ziegler
Webber Elementary - Cindy Bess
Willmore Elementary - Diana Jago