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GWU Alumna Named Top Magnet School Teacher in the Country

Gardner-Webb alumna April Guenzler (’13 MA, ’16 Ed.D.), a kindergarten teacher at Farmington Woods International Baccalaureate Magnet Elementary School in Wake County, N.C., has been named the nation’s top magnet school teacher.

The accolade was given by The Magnet Schools of America, and the group also named Guenzler’s school as the best magnet school in the country. The Wake County Public School System was the only school district to claim top national awards in two categories this year.

K-12 magnet teachers who have demonstrated excellence in the classroom are eligible for the award. The honor is based on recommendations from parents, students, fellow teachers, and administrators.

Guenzler completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She earned a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University in 2013 and completed her doctoral studies at GWU in 2016. In addition, she is a National Board-certified teacher with more than 15 years of classroom experience. She is also a mentor at her school and works weekly with new teachers to develop their capacity in teaching. Most recently, she was invited by Gardner-Webb faculty to become involved with the Urban Educators Leadership Collaborative (UELC) through Teachers College at Columbia University, N.Y.

A ‘Magnet School’ is a public school offering special instruction and programs not available elsewhere, designed to attract a more diverse student body from throughout a school district. Learn more at

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