Teacher of the Year 2021-2022

We are proud of our 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Gwynette Waters has been teaching for 21 years, with 6 years teaching at Palmetto Unified School District.We are proud of our 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Gwynette Waters has been teaching for 21 years, with 6 years teaching at Palmetto Unified School District.

“My greatest contributions and accomplishments are engraved in my memory instead of plaques or LinkedIn professional posts. They are the moments when you see the wide eyes of students who finally mastered a skill or see their MAP or NRS reading score rise. The transition into authentic learning and understanding that marks success for me. For example, one year, I did a literacy circle with a class of emerging learners who struggled with reading and behavior. They teased and argued daily. We analyzed a poem entitled “Griefs That Stay.” A young lady shared her pain of losing her grandfather. As a tear fell down her face, a male student reached out and held her hand. That is transformative teaching; that is an accomplishment. ” – Gwynette Waters