Stephens Co. Schools Hold Teacher of Year Banquet

The Stephens County School System recognizes its teachers of the year.

teacher 2Wednesday, the school system held its annual reception to honor its system Teacher of the Year, as well as the Teachers of the Year from each school in Stephens County, at the Currahee Campus of North Georgia Technical College.

Named back in November, the Stephens County School System Teacher of the Year is Toccoa Elementary second-grade teacher April LaHayne.

LaHayne was chosen as the system’s Teacher of the Year from a group of six individuals named the Teacher of the Year at each StephensCounty school.

Those other school Teachers of the Year are Buffy Kelley from Big A Elementary, Jana Cheek from Liberty Elementary, Cheryl Burkett from Eastanollee Elementary, Eileen Helgeland from Stephens County Middle School, and Dr. Farish Mulkey from Stephens County High School.

Each were recognized at Wednesday’s reception.

Those in attendance also heard from the Georgia Teacher of the Year, Jemelleh Coes, a middle school teacher in Statesboro.teacher 1

Coes told those in attendance that there is no silver bullet to education and that multiple styles work.

She did say, however, that there is a “golden ticket.”

“The golden ticket is the creative license that each teacher has within them that gives them the opportunity to be the teacher that every single student that they teach needs them to be,” said Coes.

Telling stories about former students, Coes detailed the main tenets of her “golden ticket” like patience and faith.

She said every teacher needs to find what makes up their “golden ticket” and use it to the benefit of their students.

“The message that I was trying to get teachers to see in the golden ticket was to re-kindle that love for learning, spread that love for learning, ignite our future students into being what they want to be, make sure you are preparing them for the future ahead with their goals in mind,” said Coes.

Coes said serving as Georgia Teacher of the Year this year has been an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to learn from other teachers.

Those in attendance at Wednesday’s reception also heard from Kevin Boyce, who was named Stephens County Teacher of the Year last year.