2014-2015 Student, Educator of the Year winners named

Recipients of the 2014-2015 Student and Educator of the Year awards are: Back row, middle, Payton Edwards of Montevallo High School; and far right, Christopher Robinson of Chelsea High School; and front row, from left, Meredith Goggins of Montevallo High School, Sharee Winslett of Vincent Elementary and Ashli Polizos of Oak Mountain Middle. Pictured with the winners, back row, far left, is Kevin Morris with America's First Federal Credit Union. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Recipients of the 2014-2015 Student and Educator of the Year awards are: Back row, middle, Payton Edwards of Montevallo High School; and far right, Christopher Robinson of Chelsea High School; and front row, from left, Meredith Goggins of Montevallo High School, Sharee Winslett of Vincent Elementary and Ashli Polizos of Oak Mountain Middle. Pictured with the winners, back row, far left, is Kevin Morris with America’s First Federal Credit Union. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer

PELHAM – Two students and two teachers in Shelby County received 2014-2015 Student and Educator of the Year awards at a Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce luncheon April 29.

The four recipients were selected from nearly 60 local educator and student nominees, who were also recognized during the luncheon, in four categories: Career Ready Students, College Ready Students, Elementary Educators and Secondary Educators.

Sharee Winslett of Vincent Elementary School won in the Elementary Educators category; Ashli Polizos of Oak Mountain Middle School won in Secondary Educators; Payton Edwards of Montevallo High School won in Career Ready Students; and Christopher Robinson of Chelsea High School and Meredith Goggins of Montevallo High School tied in the College Ready Students category.

Winslett, Edwards and Polizos each will receive $1,000 cash rewards, and Robinson and Goggins will receive $750 each.

“This truly is a great day as we recognize and celebrate excellence in our classrooms in Shelby County,” GSCCC Executive Director Kirk Mancer said.

The following are other nominees in each category:
•Elementary Educators – Denise Eddleman, Calera Elementary; Hannah McEwan, Calera Intermediate; Tori Rebman, Chelsea Park Elementary; Catherine Mohon, Creek View Elementary; Michelle Branson, Elvin Hill Elementary; Suzanne Smith, Forest Oaks Elementary; Allison Festavan, Helena Elementary; Shelli Abernathy, Helena Intermediate; Mera Price, Inverness Elementary; Sarah Thorn, Kingwood Christian; Linda Hogue, Meadow View Elementary; Kristen McKee, Montevallo Elementary; Amy Holmes, Mt Laurel Elementary; Carol Popwell, Oak Mountain Elementary; Mike Goodwin, Oak Mountain Intermediate; Angela Binkerd, Shelby Elementary; Jo Ellen Blackman, Thompson Intermediate; Meghan Handley, Valley Elementary; Sharyn Genschmer, Valley Intermediate; and Penny Lindley, Wilsonville Elementary.
•Secondary Educators – Dawn Bone, Calera High; Chelsea Rutledge, Calera Middle; Carrie Radice, Chelsea High; Denise Gonzales, Chelsea Middle; Dustin Smith, Columbiana Middle; Emily Channell, Helena High; Malerie Huguley, Helena Middle; Jordan Cook, Kingwood Christian; Brandi Eades, Montevallo High; John Milton, Oak Mountain High; Sabrina Tutchtone, Pelham High; Frank Price, Riverchase Middle; Mark McCary, Shelby County College and Career Center; Ellie Littleton, Shelby County High; Dian McCray, Thompson High; Ashley Gremillion, Thompson Middle; Tracy Carter, Thompson Sixth Grade Center; and Dawn Howard, Vincent Middle High.
•Career Ready Students – Ethan Thompson, Calera High; Anthony Kelley Jr., Chelsea High; Alex Rodriguez, Pelham High; Jacob Alexander, Shelby County College and Career Center; Jacob Toxey, Thompson High; and Judson George, Vincent High.
•College Ready Students – Raven Edwards, Calera High; Andrew Thompson, Evangel Classical Christian; Kylie Woodman, Helena High; Sydney Bayer, Kingwood Christian; Aly Bonville, Oak Mountain High; Sarah Sansom, Pelham High; Grant Parker, Shelby County College and Career Center; Tanner Carter, Shelby County High; Kaitlin Beyler, Thompson High; and Elizabeth Ross, Vincent High.

The sponsor of the luncheon, held at the Pelham Civic Complex, was America’s First Federal Credit Union.