COVINGTON— Newton County School administrators and educational staff couldn’t wait any longer. The top three finalists for NCSS’ 2020 Teacher of the Year received word of their selection early Thursday morning.

NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and other Central Office administrators surprised each of the finalists with flowers and balloons in their classrooms to make the special announcement that they were finalists for Newton County Teacher of the Year. Family members of the teachers were also included in the surprise visits.

After reading essays submitted by each of the school system’s 23 Teachers of the Year, a panel of judges spent two days interviewing each of the teachers.

The three candidates earning the highest point totals and thus entering the final round of the judging are, in alphabetical order: Dr. Shannon Price, Flint Hill Elementary School; Betsy Proffitt, Eastside High School; and Eboni Simmons, Alcovy High School.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Teacher of the Year selection committee will observe each of the three finalists in their classroom and the teacher with the highest combined