MSA Teacher of the Year Program

Magnet Schools of America's Magnet Teacher of-the-Year (TOY) Award annually recognizes an outstanding, dedicated full-time teacher who exemplifies excellence in academic achievement through innovative programs that promote equity and diversity for students in Magnet Schools. This teacher is acknowledged by peers, parents and students for his/her exemplary contributions made to their profession. He/She inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. The award honors a PreK through K-12 Magnet School Teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching profession, community, and parental involvement.


Congratulations to our 2016 Regional Magnet Teachers of the Year:

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REGION I - CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT

Suzanne Dionne, Primary Visual Arts Teacher
Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School
Waterbury Public Schools, Connecticut
Theme(s): Fine and Performing Arts

REGION II - DE, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC, Int'l

Margaret S. Peeling, Magnet Teacher
Halstead Academy
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Theme(s): Science and the Arts

REGION III - AL, FL, GA, PR, Virgin Islands

Vivian Gonzalez, Magnet Music Teacher
South Miami K-8 Center
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Florida
Theme(s): Expressive Arts Magnet

REGION IV - KY, NC, SC, TN

Ronny Reddig, Social Studies Teacher
Piedmont Middle School
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
Theme(s): International Baccalaureate

REGION V - AR, LA, NM, OK, MS, TX

Mary Legoria, Science Specialist
Westdale Heights Academic Magnet
East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Louisiana
Theme(s): Academics with a focus on Environmental Science, Math & Technology

REGION VIII - AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, American Samoa, Marianas Islands, and Trust Territory of the Pacific

Matthew Waynee, Cinematic Arts Teacher
LAUSD/USC Cinematic Arts and Engineering Magnet
Los Angeles Unified School District, California
Theme(s): Cinematic Arts; Engineering