Historic Roswell Kiwanis
Teacher of the Year Recognition 2013
Historic Roswell Kiwanis honored Teachers of the Year from Roswell-area public schools. Our special speaker on September 12 was Dr. Vic Shandor, Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools.
One of the most important assets that any community has is great schools. Fulton schools are exceptional and are made so by outstanding, committed staff.
Each year, every public school in Fulton County selects the best of the best -- a building-level Teacher of the year. This is a outstanding honor and reflects highly on those selected. These Teachers of the Year are nominated by their peers and selected by former award winners and administrators.
Congratulations to these wonderful, dedicated educators -- Historic Roswell Kiwanis is proud to honor you...
Ms, Lindsay Boyd, Roswell High School
Ms. Drew Brown, Sweet Apple Elementary School
Mr. Jose Mena, Roswell North Elementary School
Ms. Carrie Porter, Crabapple Middle School
Ms. A. J. Smith, Elikins Pointe Middle School
Ms. Heather Welch, Mountain Park Elementary School
Ms. Michelle Wexler, Mimosa Elementary School*
Ms. Wendy Widis, Hembree Springs Elementary School
* Northwest Learning Community Teacher of the Year
From Left: Ms. Heather Welch, Mountain Park Elementary School; Ms. Drew Brown, Sweet Apple Elementary School; Ms. Carrie Porter, Crabapple Middle School;
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, Charter Member of Historic Roswell Kiwanis; Ms. Wendy Widis, Hembree Springs Elementary School;
Mr. Jose Mena, Roswell Horth Elementary School; Area Superintendent Dr. Vic Shandor;
Ms. Michelle Wexler, Mimosa Elementary School (and Northwest Learning Community Teacher of the Year);
Ms. Lindsay Boyd, Roswell High School (Kiwanian and Key Club faculty advisor) Ms. A. J. Smith, Elkins Pointe Middle School
Postscript: Ms. Michelle Wexler was named 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at nearby Mimosa Elementary School and was also recognized as Teacher of the Year for Fulton County Public School’s Northwest Learning Community. Her principal, Ms Lynn Johnson, said that Ms. Wexler rescheduled a recent round of chemotherapy so she could attend our luncheon, as she wanted very much to be there.
When she was asked why she was a teacher, she said:
On December 6, 2013, about three months after our luncheon, Ms. Wexler passed away after a battle with cancer.
Michelle was 28.
“I teach because I believe that all students can learn, no matter their age, gender, cognition level, or socioeconomic status. I am a teacher who loves working with the curriculum that I teach; however, I am more passionate about the students that I teach. As a classroom teacher, I know how important it is to inspire students to achieve their short-term and long-term goals. I always make sure to encourage students to follow their dreams.”