Teacher of the Year
Calhoun City Schools' Teacher of the Year 2017-2018
Mrs. Shelly West
Calhoun City Schools' Teacher of the Year for 2017-18 is Mrs. Shelly West. Mrs. West served as a 3rd grade math and science teacher at Calhoun Elementary for several years before transitioning 4th grade this school year. She has served on several committees within the school including the leadership team, grade level chair, SACS accreditation team, mentor teacher, and as a co-faculty sponsor of FCA. Shelly has also been involved with the PAGE High School Redesign Initiative focused on cultivating and developing student engagement. She is always looking for ways to keep her classroom on the cutting edge of best practices for all learners. Calhoun City Schools is proud to have Mrs. Shelly West serve as the system's Teacher of the Year for 2017-18.
CPS Teacher of the Year 2017-2018
Mrs. Missy Wright
Mrs. Missy Wright works as a 1st grade teacher, and has been a member of the CPS faculty since 2008. Mrs. Wright is incredibly dedicated to her craft and provides wonderful instruction that is tailored to the individual needs of each of the students in her care. Parents often rave about just how well Mrs. Wright gets to know their children on a personal level. That drive to know the boys and girls so well translates to the optimal learning atmosphere, as the boys and girls receive exactly what they need academically, while also having a strong sense of being loved and supported. Missy has served on several important committees in the school, including grade level chair, special events, school events, and lesson plan/unit writing. Mrs. Wright is a behind the scenes leader and has worked tirelessly to create a lot of valuable reading units and resources. She is quick to share with others. Everyone that works with Missy appreciates and respects what she does immensely. Said on colleague of Mrs. Wright for this honor, "Missy is the poster child for this profession. She loves the children with all of her heart and works each day to bring out the very best in each student. She loves every student like they were her very own." Calhoun Primary School is so proud of Mrs. Missy Wright, and we know that students are constantly benefiting from her dedication.
CES Teacher of the Year 2017-2018
Mrs. Shelly West serves as a 3rd Grade math and science teacher, and has also served on several vital committees within the school including the leadership team, grade level chair, SACS accreditation team, as a mentor for our young and developing faculty members, and as a co-faculty sponsor for the CES chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) student organization. In recent years, Shelly has also been involved with the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) High School Redesign Initiative focused on cultivating and developing student engagement. She is always looking for ways to keep her classroom on the cutting edge of best practices for all learners. Mrs. West is highly respected by all of her colleagues, students, and their parents. Everyone knows how passionate she is about what she does, and it is evidenced the moment one enters Shelly's classroom. The environment is highly structured and organized, but the atmosphere is perfect for students to also feel loved and supported. The respect Mrs. West has from her colleagues is relayed by one who shared, "Shelly is one of the most dedicated educators I have ever known. She is always willing to help others and she gives 100% with everything she does." Calhoun Elementary is very proud of Mrs. Shelly West and we know that her students exponentially benefit each day from her efforts.
CMS Teacher of the Year:
Mr. Jule Medders
Calhoun Middle School is excited to announce Mr. Jule Medders as “Teacher of the Year” for 2017-2018. Mr. Medders is an 8th grade social studies teacher who engages students with authentic learning opportunities. Jule is a leader in the school who is highly respected by everyone. His peer teachers shared compliments such as “Jule would make an excellent choice for TOTY because he embodies our mission as a lifelong learner. Our school is blessed to have him. He is a wonderful teacher as he incorporates his talents and hobbies into his instruction creating lifelong connections. He is a legend." Mr. Medders is a wonderful representative of Calhoun Middle School and we are extremely proud that he is being honored for his many years of hard work and dedication to his students. Congratulations to the CMS Teacher of the Year…Mr. Jule Medders!
CHS Teacher of the Year:
Mrs. Christina Long
Calhoun High School is thrilled to announce Mrs. Christina Long as "Teacher of the Year" for 2017-2018. Mrs. Long teaches physical science, physics and chemistry. She also serves as chair of the science department. She is a leader in the school who is highly respected by everyone. She works hard to engage all students. Her peer teachers have shared compliments such as "...she works incredibly hard to challenge her kids! She inspires and engages her students! She will often have students contact her and say things like ‘I got an A in college chemistry because of what I learned in your class.’ She is an amazing teacher with the ability to teach some of the most difficult information to students and not only have them enjoy and learn it, but retain it as well.” Mrs. Long is a wonderful representative of Calhoun High School and we are very proud that she is being honored for her hard work, compassion, and dedication. Congratulations to the CHS Teacher of the Year...Mrs. Christina Long!
Calhoun PreK 2017-18 Teacher of the Year
Georgia PreK Teacher of the Year
Mr. Nathan Leatherwood
We are proud to announce Mr. Nathan Leatherwood was chosen by his coworkers as Calhoun PreK and GA PreK Teacher of the Year for 2017-18 school year. Mr Nathan is a veteran teacher at Calhoun PreK and leads the Red Dog class. He is a hard working teacher who believes every child can succeed. Mr. Nathan is always stepping up to carry out any duty that promotes our PreK program and our students. He was a driving force behind one of our latest initiatives to start a Lending Library called the Book Have. We all feel very fortunate to have Mr. Nathan as a member of our teaching team at Calhoun PreK. He exemplifies the black and gold standards of Calhoun City Schools.
Calhoun PreK 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Candi Hawkins
Congratulations to Candi Hawkins. Ms. Candi was voted Calhoun PreK 2018-19 Teacher of the Year by her coworkers. Ms. Candi is the Calhoun PreK Green Frogs classroom teacher. She does a wonderful job of teaching her students and building a love for learning in each of them. Ms. Candi goes above and beyond and exemplifies the quality of a Teacher of the Year. We are so proud of Ms. Candi.