Calhoun City Schools announce Teachers of the Year.
Calhoun High School: Greta Hughes. Mrs. Hughes is currently in her 19th year in the education profession where she serves as the Graphic Design teacher at CHS and is the Coordinator of CTAE programs. Greta began her career teaching 1st grade at Eastside Primary School, and later taught in the early intervention program at Calhoun Primary School where she was selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year. During her time at CPS, Greta was tasked with piloting the first interactive whiteboard at the Complex. Greta’s progressive use of instructional technology in the classroom allowed her to step into the role of Instructional Technology Coach for Calhoun City Schools, before moving into her current role at the College and Career Academy at CHS. Mrs. Hughes is a 1996 graduate of Calhoun High School, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Berry College, a Master’s Degree from Brenau University, and a Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In recent years, Mrs. Hughes has served as a member of the Young Professionals Committee through the Chamber of Commerce. Her Yellow Jacket Graphics program has worked with various community groups and organizations including the Fire Department, Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, Chamber of Commerce, CHS Drama Department, and the Jackets Nest School Store to give her students real-world opportunities to create products for community customers. One of her peers stated, “Greta brings a smile and positive attitude to her classes while still holding them accountable and making them better people and contributors to Gordon County.”
Calhoun Elementary School: Mrs. Laura Long. Laura is a complete product of Calhoun City Schools, having gone to school here and proudly graduating from Calhoun High School in 2003. Laura grew up in education, as her mother, Mrs. Pam Edwards, also taught for many years in Calhoun City Schools. Mrs. Long joined the faculty at Calhoun Elementary in 2007, and she quickly became a trailblazer with math instruction. She has been instrumental in teaching math to 4th and 5th Grade students, helped create many learning units and activities, and has a proven track record of student success. Mrs. Long has participated in the PAGE redesign initiatives, which focused on providing the most engaging and relevant learning experiences possible for boys and girls. When students enter her room to learn or colleagues enter to observe, it is immediately evident just how engaged her students are. A nominating staff member described Mrs. Long well. ” She is ALWAYS going above and beyond to make learning fun for her students. Mrs. Long gets here early and stays late to ensure lessons are designed the best way possible. She differentiates her lessons well and uses data effectively to best meet the needs of each student.” Laura has also served in several leadership capacities throughout the school including on the school leadership team, as a math instructional lead teacher, as a mentor teacher, as an inclusion teacher, and as a grade level chairperson.
Calhoun Primary School: Mrs. Kristen Williams. Kristen is a true product of Calhoun City Schools, having attended here as a student and proudly graduating from Calhoun High School in 2001. Mrs. Williams joined the faculty of Calhoun Primary in 2006, and has been an integral part of the 1st Grade team since that moment. A recognized leader among colleagues in many areas, Kristen has served the school in numerous leadership roles, including as a technology lead teacher, mentor teacher, leadership team member, and as a math instructional lead teacher. She has also worked extensively as an inclusion teacher, and she has helped produce great results for all who are commended to her care. Students and staff alike recognize the deep dedication to boys and girls that Kristen uses as the staple of everything she does. Students are challenged to reach their full potential in Mrs. Williams’ class, and they always receive all of the needed support, intertwined with cutting edge teaching strategies, to be successful. One staff member who nominated Mrs. Williams for this honor stated; “Kristen is a perfect Teacher of the Year. Her classroom is not just her job, it is her passion. She is cheerful, helpful, organized and completely dedicated to everyone. Her students feel successful when they enter her classroom because the boys and girls know Mrs. Williams is their biggest fan and cheerleader.”