Pictured above with the Seminole County Elementary Teacher of the Year are Deputy Superintendent Corene Hamilton, principal Renea Pierce, Teacher of the Year Stephanie Mims, and superintendent Bonner.
Superintendent Bonner is proud to announce the Seminole County building and system teachers of the year. The system teacher of the year and middle/high school teacher of the year is Mrs. Mary Jean Albritton. Superintendent Bonner says "Mrs. Albritton has been a teacher for at Seminole County Middle/High for 10 years. She has an excellent rapport with students and staff alike. Mrs. Albritton is very deserving of this honor and I am very proud of her dedication to teaching and her students, always going above and beyond to help with exta-curricular events like the year book and prom. She will represent the Seminole County School System well when she attends the Teacher of the Year banquet in Atlanta next spring." Principal Brinson Register echoes these sentiments, adding, "Mrs. Albritton enthusiastically goes above and beyond to help our students and our school." Mary Jean says “I love being a part of my alma mater! It’s great to be part of such a wonderful system where everyone is treated like family.” The building Teacher of the Year is nominated by and voted on by his or her peers. The System Teacher of the Year is chosen from the 2 building Teachers of the Year based on the scoring of an essay written by each building Teacher of the Year, which is then scored by 3 outside judges. The System Teacher of the Year then represents the system in Atlanta at the state-wide Teacher of the Year banquet, held at the Georgia Aquarium. The elementary and middle/high Teacher of the Year will both be recognized and honored at the November 11 board of education meeting, as well as the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
Mrs. Albritton is a 1996 graduate of Seminole County High School. She is a graduate of Troy University with a Batchelor’s and Master’s in Secondary Education in History. She is also a graduate of Valdosta State in 2013 with an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. As mentioned earlier, she has been teaching at Seminole County Middle/High for 10 years, where she is the Journalism advisor, Prom Sponsor, Homecoming Sponsor, on the building Leadership Team, and is the Social Studies Department Chair.
She is married to Michael Albritton and they have two daughters, Whitney Albritton and Constance Barrineau and husband Scott. She has one grandson, Triston Barrineau. Mary Jean is the daughter of Steve and Susan Stewart and she has one brother, Andrew Stewart. She is a member of the Donalsonville Church of God, where she is very active in the youth ministry.
Assistant superintendent Corene Hamilton, along with superintendent Bonner and principal Renea Pierce, proudly announced Mrs. Stephanie Mims as the elementary building Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Bonner stated, "Stephanie Mims is a excellent teacher. Further, she is great role model for her students both at school and in the community, where she works with both school and community projects." Principal Renea Pierce added, "Mrs. Mims is much more than a teacher at this school. She willingly participates in school sponsored activities, as well as being active in community events and in her church. She is always willing to assist another colleague any way she can. Stephanie is definitely an asset to the school because she gives 100% to anything in which she is involved."
Mrs. Mims earned her B. S. Degree in Middle School Education at Valdosta State University. She has been teaching in the Seminole County Elementary School for 21 years. She earned her Master’s Degree from Coppin State University and her Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She is married to Greg Mims and they have 2 children. Will is a senior and Katibeth is a 9th grader at Seminole County Middle/High School. She is an active member of the Trinity Methodist Church.