Patricia Skelton, a teacher at Opelika Middle School, has been selected as the Alabama recipient of the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award.
According to a news release from Opelika City Schools, Skelton is being recognized for her commitment to creating an inspirational and harmonious classroom that supports student development and achievement.
“To be recognized as the Alabama recipient is overwhelming because there is phenomenal teaching going on in Alabama, especially in the Opelika City Schools,” Skelton said in the release. “I truly appreciate the support of my principal, Mr. Keith York, for allowing me to be creative and step out of the box.”
Skelton was nominated by fellow OMS teacher, Erin Beaver.
“When I saw the criteria for the award, Tricia was the first person I thought of,” Beaver. “Her energy and innovation in her classroom is not unnoticed by her peers. I enjoy getting the chance to sit in her classroom and get ideas and inspiration to use with my own students.”