Rome City Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2019 is Ashley Hamby, agriculture teacher at Rome Middle School. Hamby got her start by teaching special education, and because of her time spent farming with her grandfather, she has found a passion in creating a thriving FFA program at the middle school. She credits her success to her family, colleagues, and her love for her career and her students.
“I love my job, I love where I work and I love my children,” says Hamby. “I also love to see my students get excited about the things we discuss in the agriculture world and I try to open their eyes to how the skills we work on in FFA can be used in their lives. I am so glad that we have a chance to change the world and I believe that is what we are all working towards every day.”
Runner up for the 2019 Teacher of the Year was awarded to Luis Goya from Rome High School. Goya has served at Rome High School as the ninth grade math and ESOL teacher for the past five years. He has also been instrumental in building the cross country teams and establishing running clubs at six elementary schools.
Goya was joined by his family. He said they are his inspiration and the reason he is the man he is today. But he also finds his passion in those young lives he reaches in the hallways and on the running trails. “There is no reason why all of our students can’t find their destiny. And sometimes it is the other way around, and we find our destiny in them,” Goya said.
The 2019 Support Employee of the Year was awarded to Roderick Ware who serves as a paraprofessional at Elm Street Elementary. Ware has worked in the RCS system since 2016. His duties also include being a bus monitor for Elm Street, Rome Middle School and Rome High School. “If I can just reach one student,” Ware said as he choked back tears of joy, “and change his or her life, then that student can change someone else’s life. If we can start that cycle, then the world will be a better place.”
>Expanded report. more photos on RCS Facebook page.