“I think it’s important that the community know what great teachers we have,” said Superintendent Howard Hinesley.
The Cartersville City School System recently held its annual teacher of the year luncheon to honor the top teachers from its four schools.
Melanie Paige, Haley Wilson, Cissi Adams and Beth Cauthen were honored as teacher of the year for the primary, elementary, middle and high schools, respectively, and were presented a plaque, a $500 professional development grant and a $500 monetary award.
At the event, Adams was named the system-wide teacher of the year and will go on to represent the school system in the statewide teacher of the year competition. Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said a panel from Kennesaw State selects the system teacher of the year and this year’s candidates were all impressive.
“We could honestly pull a name out of a hat and any one of these teachers would be a tremendous pick to represent us a system teacher of the year,” Clouse said.
As system teacher of the year, Adams received $1,200 for professional development and an additional $250.
“Cissi is just an outstanding teacher in every sense of the word,” said middle school Principal Jeff Hogan. “She is one of the best examples of a team player on our staff. Everybody on the staff looks up to her and admires her.”
Hogan said she takes a vested interest in her students.
“She makes them feel good about themselves,” Hogan said. “One of her greatest strengths as a teacher is taking that student who is lacking confidence, whether as a student or person, and nurturing them, teaching them, mentoring them, coaching them and most of all, loving them unconditionally.”
Adams said she is “shocked” and “honored” to be selected as system teacher of the year.
“I never dreamed I would get this,” she said.
Adams has been teaching for seven years and has been recognized as teacher of the year once before. She said her greatest contributions to education stem from being able to share her life with her students, turning them on to learning and sending them off to high school with confidence in themselves to do and be the best person they can be.