Patricia Skelton named Top Inspiring Teacher and 2018 Sanford Teacher Award

Congratulations to Opelika Middle School teacher, Patricia Skelton, Named a Top Inspiring Teacher in Alabama and Honored with $10,000 from the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award

The National University System-Sanford Teacher Award recognizes one PreK-12  teacher in each state, following a nomination and application process based on criteria of inspiring teaching; The awards, supported by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford,reflect the mission of the Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire programs

Following a nomination and application process based on criteria of inspiring teaching, Patricia Skelton, a teacher at Opelika Middle School, has been selected as the Alabama recipient of the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award.  Nominated by fellow Opelika Middle School teacher, Erin Beaver, Miss Skelton is being recognized for her commitment to creating an inspirational and harmonious classroom that supports student development and achievement.  According to Mrs. Beaver, “When I saw the criteria for the award, Tricia was the first person I thought of.  Her energy and innovation in her classroom is not unnoticed by her peers. I enjoy getting the chance to sit in her classroom and get ideas and inspiration to use with my own students."

Upon being notified of the award via an email on Monday, Miss Skelton said that it was a total surprise and she was still in shock.  “To be recognized as the Alabama recipient is overwhelming because there is phenomenal teaching going on in Alabama—especially in the Opelika City Schools.  I truly appreciate the support of my principal, Mr. Keith York, for allowing me to be creative and step out of the box.”  The Opelika City Schools congratulates Miss Patricia Skelton on this prestigious award. 



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