November is an important month for celebration. The most obvious reason to celebrate is the
season of being thankful for the many positive things in our lives. In addition to the wonderful
students we serve in Polk School District, I am grateful for the individuals that influence those students; our teachers. One particular group of teachers that are celebrated in November
each year is our school-level and district-level Teacher of the Year winners. These teachers are recognized for the outstanding job they do for our children, as well as the inspiration they provide
to their fellow teachers. School-level Teacher of the Year winners are nominated and selected by
their peers for their knowledge, dedication and skills.
2017-2018 School-Level Teacher of the Year
Jennifer Cupp – Cedartown High School
Laura Cox – Cedartown Middle School
Kristen Miller – Cherokee Elementary
Kent Mathis – Eastside Elementary
Amy Thompson – Northside Elementary
Greg Moss - Rockmart High School
Latoyia Waller – Rockmart Middle School
Nikki Smith – Van Wert Elementary
Beth Branch – Westside Elementary
Sharon Carter – Youngs Grove Elementary
Matt Hayden - Polk County College and Career Academy
Henry Adams once said that a teacher affects eternity because you cannot tell where his or her influence stops. Teachers change the lives of our students each and every day, and we cannot say thank you enough for the positive influence and difference they make in our schools and community.
Whereas our teachers have great impact and influence with our students, they are not the first teachers our children have. Our parents and family members are the first!
In addition to our teachers, we are grateful for our parents and families. November is Family Engagement Month for the state of Georgia. In Polk School District, we are deeply appreciative of the involvement and impact our students’ parents and families have on their lives. The partnerships between our schools, families, and community help us to create well-educated, well-rounded citizens for Polk County.
PSD is Thankful for Our Teachers, Families and Community
Laurie Atkins, Superintendent