I am pleased to announce that Nikki Walbridge, our very talented and dedicated Middle School and Upper School English Teacher and English Department Chair, is the 2016 Frederica Academy Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Walbridge is a master teacher whose inventive and student-centered teaching serves as a model for us all.
Nikki Walbridge is in the tenth year of her teaching career and her third year as a member of the Frederica Academy faculty. Having worked as an online and in-person tutor for many years while her children were young, Mrs. Walbridge served as a tutor for several Frederica students before returning fulltime to the classroom in 2014.
Mrs. Walbridge has pioneered many new programs for her students and has assumed significant leadership roles for important school initiatives during the past three years.
In 2015, Mrs. Walbridge served as the architect and committee chair for the school's Frederica Promise and was a valuable consultant to the Board of Trustees as it developed a new Strategic Plan and value proposition doctrine earlier this year.
In September 2016, Mrs. Walbridge hosted critically-acclaimed author Vince Vawter for a day-long visit to our campus. Mr. Vawter opened the day with a Middle School assembly and then met with several English and Literature classes to discuss his book, Paperboy. Mr. Vawter's visit was a huge success because Mrs. Walbridge had the passion and vision to engineer the opportunity and because she planned every detail of his time on campus with great precision. This initiative was an extension of several other programs Mrs. Walbridge has created to help champion and promote reading in the Middle School.
Mrs. Walbridge has also utilized her keen organizational skills and joy for experiential learning to organize and execute our eighth grade Carpe Vitam trip to Washington, D.C., over the past three years. In doing so, she has become quite an expert on the history and landmarks of our nation's capital and adolescent travel needs.
Although Mrs. Walbridge's talents and attributes are vast, they all embrace her unwavering commitment to making Frederica Academy a better school for our students and our families. Mrs. Walbridge has earned a reputation for being available for her students and for being the consummate team player with respect to helping her colleagues whenever needed. She not only helped write the Frederica Promise, she brings it to life through her selfless words and deeds.
Mrs. Walbridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Florida and a teaching certificate from the Mercer University Graduate School of Education. She is married to Greg Walbridge, and they have two children enrolled at Frederica Academy: Kate (Class of 2022) and Trey (Class of 2025). Gus, their yellow lab, completes the Walbridge family.
When not teaching and planning, Mrs. Walbridge enjoys riding bikes around St. Simons as well as cooking, writing, reading, and traveling and spending time with her family.
Mrs. Walbridge will be recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce this evening. The annual event recognizes and honors the Teachers of the Year from the twenty-six public, private, and independent schools in Glynn County.
One teacher will be named the Glynn County Teacher of the Year during tonight's dinner at the Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center. Although Mrs. Walbridge and the other non-public school teachers are not eligible for the county award, we are grateful to be included in tonight's program and are proud to spotlight Mrs. Walbridge's impressive accomplishments as a Frederica Academy teacher. We are also pleased to be able to showcase her extraordinary educational and professional background.
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Walbridge on being named this year's Frederica Academy Teacher of the Year. We are indeed grateful for her many lasting contributions as a tireless educator and life-long learner.