Woods named 2024 Citywide Teacher of the Year

Woods named 2024 Citywide Teacher of the Year
Posted on 12/07/2022
Woods named 2024 Citywide Teacher of the Year

Woods named Citywide Teacher of the Year

I.C. Norcom High School Math Teacher Alphonso Woods was named the 2024 Citywide Teacher of the Year at the Portsmouth Public Schools Teacher of the Year celebration, held Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Woods has been with Portsmouth Public Schools for more than a decade, and in that time, he has served in a number of capacities, including working on division-level committees, taking part in collegiate teacher workshops, and being an active member of school improvement as well as school leadership teams.

In the classroom, Woods places an emphasis on modeling content and then inspecting for student mastery while also implementing techniques such as kinesthetic learning, where students practice by doing exercises that support a specific learning objective.

In the application submitted to the selection committee, Woods wrote:

“I envision a challenging, yet nurturing academic learning environment that would ultimately prepare our diverse learners for succeeding socially and academically, while aiding them in becoming productive citizens...we make a difference if we are willing to make the monumental commitment to our diverse learners. We must universally commit to setting our content standards high and then hold our students to those standards. It is my belief if we show our students that we believe they can, students will try to perform to those standards.”

Woods will now go on to compete in the regional Teacher of the Year competition.

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