Brick Memorial High School proudly announces the recipients of the prestigious awards for the 2023-2024 academic year, recognizing exceptional contributions to education and student well-being. Ms. Sara Ball has been named Teacher of the Year, while Ms. Samantha West is celebrated as the Educational Professional of the Year.

Ms. Sara Ball, a seasoned nineteen-year veteran in the field of education, has been awarded the coveted title of Teacher of the Year. Known for her dynamic teaching style and unwavering dedication to her students, Ms. Ball excels in the realm of Special Education. Her ability to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment sets her apart, fostering an atmosphere where students feel comfortable to learn and thrive.

Having initially started as an elementary school teacher in a general education setting, Ms. Ball demonstrated her versatility by teaching in the Gifted and Talented Program. Her journey led her to Brick Memorial High School in 2018, where she ultimately seized the opportunity to join the RISE Academy Program. Currently, Ms. Ball teaches all levels of Mathematics and a modified Film Analysis Course within this program, showcasing her adaptability and commitment to students’ diverse needs.

Beyond her teaching duties, Ms. Ball actively engages in co-curricular activities within the school district. Serving on various faculty committees, including School Spirit and School Improvement, she also holds the position of Co-Advisor for the Class of 2027. As the head cheerleading coach, Ms. Ball instills a sense of responsibility, family values, and community involvement in her athletes, fostering their presence in local events and activities.

In recognition of her professionalism, work ethic, and creative contributions to the school community, Ms. Sara Ball is celebrated as Brick Memorial High School’s Teacher of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Ms. Samantha West, the dedicated Student Assistance Counselor at Brick Memorial High School, has been honored as the Educational Professional of the Year for her outstanding commitment to mental health and student well-being. In her crucial role, Ms. West educates the school population about mental health and substance abuse issues, offering counseling support to students, staff, and their families.

In her two short years at Brick Memorial, Ms. West has demonstrated exceptional skills and commitment, making herself readily available to address the mental health needs of students and provide valuable support to the entire school community. Serving as the BMHS Anti-Bullying Specialist and an active member of the

school’s Safety Committee, Ms. West navigates challenging situations with delicacy and fairness, showcasing her professionalism.

Ms. West’s thirst for knowledge is evident through her active participation in numerous professional development opportunities. She generously shares her acquired knowledge by presenting at workshops and contributing to the continuous improvement of the school community. Her dedication extends to organizing events such as the Week of Respect and informative assemblies on cyberbullying, internet safety, and social media.

For her unwavering dedication to the students of Brick Memorial High School and her exceptional work ethic, Ms. Samantha West is honored as the Educational Professional of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Brick Memorial High School congratulates Ms. Sara Ball and Ms. Samantha West for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the school community. Their passion for education and commitment to student success serve as an inspiration to us all.

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