Three local women have been recognized for their work in the classroom in the 2017 Columbus Parent/ThisWeek Community News Teachers of the Year awards.

The annual project, in its fourth year, recognizes three honorees—one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

We launched the project by mailing letters to more than 360 principals and school district communications staffers to let them know about the recognition program.

Then, from Feb. 1 to March 15, readers submitted 133 online nominations for teachers they believe make a difference in the lives of students. Nominations came from peers, parents, current and former students and family members. Our editorial staffs reviewed them all and narrowed the list to 15 finalists (five per category).

Readers voted on the finalists from March 27 to May 1 to determine the winners, who were recognized with awards ceremonies at their schools. Stories appeared in the June 8 editions of ThisWeek and will be published in the July issue of Columbus Parent.

Here are the stories, photos and videos.

Elementary school

Amy Anderson, third grade, Buckeye Woods Elementary School (South-Western City School District)

Middle school

Mary Potter, fifth-grade language arts, The Wellington School

High school

Kristy Halleck, math, Central Crossing High School (South-Western City School District)