POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 7:04am
East Baton Rouge Parish, La — This year, 72 outstanding educators throughout East Baton Rouge Schools were named their individual school’s Teacher of the Year, 52 vied for one of three district 2014 Teacher of the Year awards and three of the best of the best walked away with the School System’s titles.
Tonya Bethly of Glen Oaks Park Elementary, Kristina St. George of McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School and Arianne Frazier of Tara High School (pictured, left to right) are the 2014 district winners (one at each level).
Teachers of the year are selected based on their leadership and teaching skills, respectively, as well as their dedication and respect of students, parents and colleagues; demonstrated school and community leadership; affiliations with educational organizations; ability to inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities; and their commitment to their profession.
Bethly, the district’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, has been a kindergarten teacher at Glen Oaks Park Elementary since 2012, holds an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, a master’s in Education from Kennesaw State University, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern University and currently is working on a doctorate in Education at Liberty University. Previously, she worked as an elementary teacher at LaSalle Elementary locally, for Cobb County School District in Georgia and, also locally, for Brookstown and Buchanan elementary schools.
In addition, Bethly is certified as an education specialist in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Social Science and Middle Grades Language Arts in Georgia. In Louisiana, she is certified in Early Childhood Education, PK_3 and Elementary Grades 1-8. Her past awards include: Teacher of the Year Green Acres Elementary, OfficeMax A Day Made Better Award and the National Brotherhood, Sisterhood Award. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society and Phi Delta Kappa.
St. George has taught 6th-grade Advanced World History at McKinley Middle School since 2010, having joined the school after a similar teaching stint at Westdale Middle School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Political Science from LSU and will earn a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Northwestern State University in December.
At McKinley Middle, St. George helped coordinate the District 7 Junior Beta Club Rally, mentors with the LSU Geaux Teach and Holmes Program, is a member of the school’s Improvement and Behavior Interventions and Supports teams, and has previously led the Social Studies department. In 2012, she was recognized with the Innovative Teacher Award and also holds other titles, including: Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program finalist, former president and treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta and holds membership in Pi Lambda Theta. When not working, she is active in the Capital Heights Neighborhood Association and the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge and has worked with Study Point as an SAT and ACT tutor, a tour guide with Magnolia Mound Plantation & Historic House Museum and was a member of the LSU Bat Girls.
Frazier has taught Algebra I at Tara High School since 2010, having taught Math previously at Crestworth Middle and Glen Oaks Middle schools and been a temporary teaching placement at Glen Oaks High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from LSU and certification in Middle School Mathematics from Southern University. During the summers of 2008, 2009 and 2010, she taught LEAP remediation to students needing to pass the test to enter the 9th grade. She also helped initiate a tutoring program at BREC, taught summer programs at Southern University and completed a two-week program with the Reynold’s High School Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.