Watch a local teacher’s reaction when he gets the nod as a Gold Star finalist Vote for your favorite


It’s time to honor the outstanding teachers who make the Queen City great. One teacher in particular received a surprise honor.

Khary Burton, known for his unique teaching style, “edutainment” – which fuses education and hip-hop culture to turn his lessons into songs – is one of 10 finalists for the award 2024 Gold Star Teacher Award. Gold star And Children’s Theater of Cincinnati Burton, a fifth-grade English and social studies teacher at Rockdale Academy, was surprised with the news that he was a finalist at his school’s pep rally on Jan. 31.

You can see his reaction in the video above.

The 10 finalists, announced on February 1, are:

  • Christine BonfieldCampbell County Middle School, 6th-8th grade in Spanish.

  • Khary BurtonRockdale Academy, 5th grade English and Social Studies.

  • Christine CarterRiverview East Academy High School Introduction to Health Professions.

  • Sarah DolerSummit Academy Community School, Middle and High School Intervention Specialist.

  • Julie FesslerHolly Hill Elementary, intervention specialist for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

  • Audrey KinneyScott High School, a special education high school.

  • Katie MilburMount Healthy South Elementary, kindergarten to fifth grade PE.

  • Anna raceSharonville Elementary, Kindergarten.

  • Jocelyn SizemoreAcademy of Multilingual Immersion Studies, Preschool.

  • Michelle WhiteBeachwood Elementary School, 5th grade social studies.

This year’s campaign, hosted by Gold Star and TCT, saw 929 nominations from more than 700 different public and private schools across the Greater Cincinnati area.

Voting is officially open until February 29 online at the website The winner will be announced on March 1.

This year’s Gold Star Teacher of the Year winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their classroom, a $500 donation to their school, free cheesecake coupons for their entire school, and a gift basket filled with classroom supplies. In addition, the winning teacher will have a choice of a prize from TCT: take their class to a MainStage production of “Finding Nemo” at the Taft Theater or bring a TCT on Tour production to their school.

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer website: Gold Star announces finalists for the Teacher Award. View 1 reaction, vote

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