National and State Winners

2019 Substitute Teacher of the Year

Kelly Education® would like to congratulate our 2019 Substitute Teacher of the Year winners!  These individuals were selected to receive this elite honor among our over 64,000 substitute teachers working in schools across the country.  The passion they bring to the classroom, and their contributions to student achievement, make us proud to have them as part of the Kelly Education team. 

Walter Bailey - 2019 National Substitute Teacher of the Year 

Walter Bailey - Substitute Teacher of the Year

Walter Bailey has been selected as the National Substitute Teacher of the Year for the 2018-19 school year. A resident of New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Bailey is being recognized for his outstanding performance and excellent service as a substitute teacher in Hamden Public Schools. He developed an interest in teaching students after serving as a volunteer tutor for two years at New Haven Reads, a one-on-one tutoring program that serves over 500 children every week. 

During the four years Mr. Bailey has been a Kelly Education substitute teacher, he has served as a paraprofessional, library media specialist, special education professional and substitute teacher in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms.  When asked what he likes most about being a substitute teacher, Mr. Bailey replied, “I like seeing the spark of understanding on a child’s face when a lesson clicks for them.  Most of all, though, I want to take part in helping shape the next generation.”

“Mr. Bailey has worked in almost every classroom environment at our school and has exhibited an exemplary performance,” said Dr. Michael Lorenzo, principal of Helen Street School in Hamden, Connecticut. “He always approaches every assignment with the utmost professionalism and regards the overall well-being of the students as being of paramount importance.”

“Mr. Bailey is a true representation of the high-quality educators Kelly Education provides to its partner schools each day,” said Nicola Soares, vice president and managing director of Kelly Education. “He is dedicated to ensuring a successful learning environment exists in the classroom and the needs of each student are met. We are proud to recognize his commitment with this honor.”

 

State Winners:

Cynthia Reynolds
Alabama
George "Mr Ron" 
Yarbrough

Arkansas
Raquel Perez
Arizona
John "Anthony" Rich
California
Ryan Renner
Colorado

Walter Bailey
Connecticut

Melissa Falconer
DC

Rosemary White
Delaware

Mary Harn
Florida

Lisa Traylor
Georgia
Kandie Freeman
Indiana
Chris Kenny
Kansas
Ashley Avants
Lousiana
Faith Malcolm
Massachusetts
Linda Watson
Missouri
Mary Rollheiser
Minnesota
Raymond Skillstead
Mississippi
Melvin Jones, Jr.
North Carolina
Dusti Dombroski
Nevada
Jennifer Lundy
Oklahoma
Joseph "Joe" Weidenboerner
Pennsylvania
Seleah Bowles
South Carolina
Jacqueline L. Lett
Tennessee
David Hyland
Texas
Lisa Woolsey
Utah
Kathleen Stein
Vermont
Bonnie Adams
Wisconsin