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CCSD Celebrates Teacher of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet

The Cherokee County School District honored extraordinary educators with a dinner, tributes, and gifts at the recent 2018 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year celebration. The surprise announcement of the CCSD Teacher of the Year was made at the event, and Mill Creek Middle School PE and health teacher Dana Townsend received the exciting news at the end of the program.

“Dana is an inspiring teacher and coach,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said of Townsend, who as CCSD’s Teacher of the Year will represent the CCSD in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition. “What’s even more impressive, to me, is the care she shows for each student. This care is so great that, this school year, she developed a program to ensure every child at Mill Creek has a mentor.”

A 22-year educator, Townsend uses her experience teaching reading, writing, science, and social studies to expand upon traditional PE and health class coursework and collaborate with colleagues. Among her many other roles at the school, Townsend began a mentor program to ensure students feel supported and have a caring adult to turn to in times of need.

“Every student deserves a community that supports their physical, mental, and emotional health,” said Townsend.

Dr. Hightower and the School Board recognized Townsend, the three other finalists, and all school-level Teacher of the Year winners during the event. The finalists and CCSD Teacher of the Year are selected by a panel of community leaders who evaluate applications from each school’s Teacher of the Year; school winners are selected by their peers.