Dover resident Amber Augustus, a teacher in the Smyrna School District, was honored as the Delaware Teacher of the Year Tuesday night at Dover Downs Hotel.


Dover resident Amber Augustus, a teacher in the Smyrna School District, was honored as the Delaware Teacher of the Year Tuesday night at Dover Downs Hotel. Gov. Jack Markell made the announcement at the banquet, honoring the top teachers from each of the state's 19 districts and the charter school network.

Augustus will receive a $5,000 grant to use for the educational benefit of her students, as well as a personal grants totaling $5,000.

Augustus, who teaches fifth grade math, science, and social studies, is in her seventh year at John Bassett Moore Intermediate School in Smyrna.

Prior to teaching in Smyrna, she completed her student teaching at William Henry Middle School in Dover in the fall of 2004 and immediately received a teaching position for fifth grade for the remainder of the 2004-05 school year.

Originally from Marydel, she’s a graduate of Caesar Rodney High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Delaware and her master’s degree in elementary school studies from Wilmington University.

She and the other 19 nominees were picked by their district or charter school during the 2011 calendar year, and each submitted a detailed portfolio demonstrating his or her teaching philosophy. Five members of the Delaware Department of Education staff independently review and evaluate each portfolio. A member of the Delaware Department of Education staff also teams up with a former Teacher of the Year and visits each nominee to watch how each teacher performs inside the classroom.

Augustus will now represent the state in the national program, which is sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers and ING. The winner is also charged with representing all teachers in the state and addressing community groups, business leaders and educational organizations to keep everyone abreast of developments in education in Delaware.