ROSWELL, Ga. – Teaching is often regarded as an under-appreciated profession, but the members of the Kiwanis Club of Historic Roswell set out to change that Sept. 6 by honoring the teachers of the year from schools in the Roswell cluster.
At the weekly lunch meeting at Brookwood Grill on Holcomb Bridge Road, Ron Jackson, the club secretary and former Fulton School Board member, pointed out what it is that makes for great teachers.
“They are dedicated and committed, and teaching is their life’s work,” he said. “Our schools are filled with great teachers. Our teachers are heroes.”
Eight teachers – drawn from each of the elementary and middle schools as well as Roswell High School – were presented with a certificate honoring them for their work. They were selected from among their peers at each school for their efforts in teaching.
Each teacher gave a short example of why they love to teach.
“I hope my students learn only half as much from me as I learn from them,” said Mimosa Elementary teacher Michelle Donovan.
Sweet Apple Elementary teacher Ashley Short said, “Watching my students make what may seem to be small steps to an outsider are the most wonderful rewards for me. Those steps are what drive me to teach.”
“I teach because it is the most enjoyable and effective way to change the world,” said Joseph Wilson, who teaches at Elkins Pointe Middle School.
“Fulton County [schools] is an amazing place to work,” said Victor Shandor, area superintendent, who shared a few words with the teachers.
“It only takes one teacher to radically change a student’s life,” he said.
The eight schools in the Roswell High cluster are: Roswell High, Crabapple Middle School, Elkins Pointe Middle School, Hembree Springs Elementary, Mimosa Elementary, Mountain Park Elementary, Roswell North Elementary and Sweet Apple Elementary. The elementary and middle schools feed to Roswell High School.