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Saturday, December 9, 2023


A Joseph Sibilly Elementary School teacher has been nominated for the nation's most prestigious teacher award, the 2000-2001 Teacher of the Year.
Juliette Gooding, who has taught at Sibilly for 31 years, was selected as 2001 Virgin Islands State Teacher of the Year, which places her, along with five others, as a candidate for the top spot.
Having a local teacher recognized as one of the candidates is a big boon for the V.I. educational system. Gooding's selection was based on her outstanding educational contributions over the years.
Gooding will participate in the National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Program in Dallas,
Texas in January as the V.I. representative. The program provides unique opportunities for teachers' professional growth, and will enable Gooding to bring in-service programs back to the territory.
Gooding will know in January if she has been selected as a national finalist. If so, she will go to Washington, D.C. for interviews with the selection committee in March. In late April the winning teacher will be announced by President Bush.
Other V.I. semifinalist for the nomination included teachers: Delpha Williams, Peace Corps. Elementary School; Carolyn Tyson, Ulla F. Muller Elementary School; and Lynette Pilgrim, Joseph Gomez Elementary School.
If chosen for the distinguished award, Gooding would be part of a series of national events and programs as part of her official duties as National Teacher of the Year. Expenses are paid by the National Teacher of the year program, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and Scholastic Inc., which is in its 50th year.

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