Teacher of the Year

2021 Teacher of the Year
Posted on 09/15/2020
Aimee Gekeler TOY

2021 Dommerich Teacher of the Year  - Aimee Gekeler

I am thrilled to be starting my 3rd year at Dommerich Elementary and my 11th year of teaching. For those of you who don’t know, I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Umaine Orono and soon after I went back to school to earn my Master’s Degree in Literacy Education at Umaine Orono. 

DES is an incredible school, a close-knit community, and now a huge piece of my heart. When I was moving to Florida I knew I wanted to work for a school where staff and teachers worked together to push themselves and each other to do their best while also maintaining strong connections to the community. DES seemed like a dream and I am truly honored that Principal Verano and Mrs. Permenter believed in me and welcomed me to the DES staff. I am on the most incredible team. My teammates are the most knowledgeable and passionate educators and every day I am inspired by them to be better, to learn more, and to take risks.

My husband John and I live in Winter Park with our 2 cats and new puppy! We are so thrilled that the Dommerich community has welcomed us with open arms. It is such an honor to be representing DES as Teacher of the Year. An honor that I am truly grateful for. Thank you to my wonderful colleagues for believing in me and for allowing me to learn from them every day.