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    Jessica Kilbride (left) of Albemarle Road Elementary, one of the 20 MeckEd Teachers of Excellence for 2014, is moved to tears as she is presented flowers by her sister Jennifer Pietila and her mother Melinda Galloway at Wednesday's event honoring the teachers at The Westin. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Jessica Kilbride (center) of Albemarle Road Elementary, one of the 20 MeckEd Teachers of Excellence for 2014, is moved to tears as she is presented flowers by l-r her mother Melinda Galloway and her sister Jennifer Pietila at Wednesday's event honoring the teachers at The Westin. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    2014 MeckEd Teachers of Excellence. Left to right first row Mindy Mahar, Amy Platte, Ashley Giblin, Kelly Freiheit, Coco Ellis, Jessica Kilbride and Lara Bennett. 2nd row left to right are Phyllis Robinson, Dawn Salters, Ashley Ferwerda, Sara Fisher, Amanda Wheeler, Lance Kanter. Top row left to right are Sana Chakra, Silas Fincher, Robert Egnot, Patrick Sahd, Julie McConnell, Allee Jo TenBieg, Beth Linkston. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Superintendent Heath Morrison congratulates 2014 MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Lance Kanter (right) at Wednesday's reception at the Westin. At far left is Bill Anderson of MeckEd and in middle is Jamie Brooks. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    MeckEd Teacher of Excellence for 2014 Beth Linkston (right) is congratulated by MeckEd Board Member Molly Griffin at Wednesday's event at the Westin. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    MeckEd Teacher of Excellence for 2014 Amanda Wheeler of Bailey Middle is congratulated by MeckEd Board Member Molly Griffin at Wednesday's event at the Westin. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Chantel Kawecki, MeckEd 2014 Teacher of Excellence Sara Fisher, Lindsay Phillips and Meredith Cato pose for a photo at Wednesday's event. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Former MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Joanna Schimizzi and 2014 MeckEd Teacher of Excellence Julie McConnell of Hough High talk during Wednesday's event. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Kathryn Shupe, MeckEd 2014 Teacher of Excellence Sara Fisher of Whitewater Academy and Gregory Fisher chat Wednesday at the Westin. MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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    Diedra Laird - dlaird@charlotteobserver.com
    MeckEd is honoring 20 outstanding CMS teachers at a reception Wednesday evening at the Westin. After receiving nominations from CMS principals, honorees were selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, student academic growth, those who have mastered instructional best practices, and those who are leaders in their respective school communities.
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