View the candidates and vote for your favorite

We've got our finalists in Columbus Parent's Teachers of the Year contest! And they are:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CATEGORY:

Jenna Davis, KIPP Journey Academy/Columbus, 5th grade science teacher

Abby Farris, Glacier Ridge Elementary School/Dublin City Schools, 2nd grade teacher

Scott Fourman, Hamilton Elementary School/Hamilton Local Schools/Columbus, 2nd grade teacher

Sally Hall, St. Cecelia School/Columbus, 3rd grade teacher

Maureen Ingham, Hamilton Intermediate School/Hamilton Local Schools, 5th grade intervention specialist

Sequoia Temple, Maize Elementary School/Columbus City Schools, Kindergarten teacher

MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY:

Lynne Blake, Hilltonia Middle School/Columbus City Schools, Grades 6-8 computer awareness teacher

Theresa Lipp, Ecole Kenwood Alternative Elementary School/Columbus City Schools, 6th grade math, 7th and 8th grade pre-algebra, 7th grade language arts

Katy O'Neal, Karrer Middle School/Dublin City Schools, 7th grade math

Pamela Reed, Buckeye Middle School/Columbus City Schools, 6th grade English and language arts

Lisa Rose, Buckeye Valley Middle School/Buckeye Valley Local School District/Delaware County, 8th grade language arts teacher

HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY:

Amy Bisesi, Groveport Madison High School/Groveport Madison Schools, 10th grade geometry

Lauren Brown, Hamilton Township High School/Hamilton Local Schools, Grades 9-12 foreign language

Susan Burnett, Cruiser Academy/Groveport Madison Schools, Grades 9-12 intervention specialist

And now comes the part where you can help! A panel of judges, including professional educators will be evaluating the finalists now, to determine who wins the top merit award in each category. But the public gets to vote online to pick one People's Choice Award winner out of all these finalists. Go to www.ColumbusParent.com/teachers to view the ballot, learn a little bit more about the candidates and cast your vote!

Online voting will take place until 12 noon on Friday, May 3. Later in the month, we will announce the winners, present them with their awards (which include $500 cash!), and then feature them in our August Back-to-School issue. So go vote at www.ColumbusParent.com/teachers!