Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Dommerich's 2021-2022
Teacher of the Year, Theresa Doerfler!

I am honored to represent an amazing staff of teachers as this year’s Dommerich Teacher of the Year.  As I begin my 24
th year at Dommerich and 41st year of teaching, I fondly recall how Mrs. Robbie McNabb, my first principal at Dommerich, inspired us to be eternal learners. That belief has been a part of our staff each and every day at Dommerich and a mindset I have carried with me throughout my teaching career.  

How lucky I was to have my two daughters, Jenna and Jillian, attend Dommerich as I began teaching here. I will always be thankful for the wonderful years they experienced at Dommerich.  They learned about balancing school and their sport; knowing that a student athlete was first a student.  Both of my daughters played tennis at the collegiate level, which has created everlasting memories on and off the tennis court for our family. They, along with my husband Glenn, have been my biggest supporters through my years of teaching. 

We live in Winter Park where I also grew up in a family of eight. My childhood was rich with love and a strong work ethic. While I grew up an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, I became a UCF Knights fan after I earned my BS in Elementary Education and my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from UCF. To this day, my family and I enjoy going to the UCF football games and tailgating on campus or at home as we cheer on our Knights! 

 I began my teaching career as a first-grade teacher and later became the Curriculum Resource Teacher at Killarney Elementary.  Prior to coming to Dommerich, I also had the opportunity to teach at UCF. While I loved teaching and mentoring students who were on their way to becoming teachers, my heart was always in the elementary school with a class full of wonderful students.

I am fortunate to be part of a third-grade team who collaborates, encourages, and supports each other as we determine the very best teaching strategies and resources for our students.  Our entire Dommerich staff shares the common goal to provide the very best social, emotional, and academic experience for our students.  I consider myself so very lucky to be in an atmosphere of professionals who care so much about children.  That makes this award so meaningful and humbling to me. Truly, we shine bright as we motivate, inspire, and care for each other and our students!

I am so appreciative of this award and to my colleagues for nominating me. Dommerich Elementary, our amazing teachers and staff, and the children and families I have had the opportunity to teach and build everlasting relationships with, will always hold a special place in my heart.

"I BELIEVE I can learn, I CAN learn, I WILL learn!"

--Theresa Doerfler