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Woodbury Junior-Senior High School Teachers of the Year - 2018

Ari Ford
Junior High School

Ari Ford, a Junior-Senior High School teacher known for his competiveness, ability to connect with students and his engaging lessons, is the 2019 Woodbury Junior High Teacher of the Year.

Recognizing exceptional educators, this highly prestigious award could not have been given to a more dedicated or dependable person. Mr. Ford always seems to find the right balance between challenging his students to stretch their thinking and providing the necessary support to do so.  He stays current in the ever changing world of technology and provides students with enough freedom for their creativity to shine through. With all of the coaching and advising Mr. Ford does for the students of Woodbury, you are likely to find him here in the building connecting with kids late into the evening each day and even on many weekends! He is always available for students when they need him.

For these reasons and many more, the Woodbury family is proud to have Mr. Ford as our 2019 Teacher of the Year!


Zachary Valentine
Senior High School

If the Teacher of the Year recognition could be awarded for criteria that better fit the lifetime achievement category of the Grammys, this would be it.  Mr. Zachary Valentine has been a pillar of the Woodbury teaching staff for many years connecting with and positively influencing countless students and their families.

From his role as a Health and Physical Education teacher and coach, Mr. Valentine has helped shape and mold the students in his charge.  Being physically fit and mentally strong are points of emphasis for him.  Developing good character and working hard for others are time-tested approaches that he employs.  Strong, deep connections are made with families.  Generation after generation trusts him to help their child become a better person after their interactions.   Truly, he is the type of individual who was born to work with kids.

Mr. Valentine is able to accomplish all of these great things for students with a keen sense of humor and a playful approach to his chosen career. He is constantly making his colleagues laugh lightening the mood in many meetings; he is a character!

Congratulations to Mr. Valentine on his selection as the 2019 High School Teacher of the Year!