Shirley Dotting, an eighth-grade civics and economics teacher and member of the Cornerstone church in Exmore, Va., has been named Northampton Middle School Teacher of the Year and Northampton County Public Schools Division Teacher of the Year. She was nominated by her peers for the Teacher of the Year middle school designation, then went on to compete for the district-level Teacher of the Year award. The process required that Dotting write an essay detailing her philosophy of education and another on trends in education. Furthermore, her professional biography and community involvement were considered during the selection process.
“Ms. Dotting is a passionate educator who strives to ensure all of her students are learning at a high level,” says Laurel Crenshaw, Northampton Middle School principal. “She diligently plans her instruction and uses data to ensure students are mastering all concepts of the content. Additionally, Ms. Dotting works very well with her colleagues and is a consummate professional. She makes my job easy.”
A native of Jamaica, the 23-year teaching veteran taught high-school courses in Kingston, Jamaica, for 10 years before making her home in the United States. She says she enjoys engaging her students and taking them to a higher level. “This election year I want to get them sensitized, so when they are old enough to vote they understand the process.”