Carter, who teaches fourth- and fifth-graders at the Rossville school, won the honor Wednesday, May 16. Last year’s Teacher of the Year, Jody Carter at LaFayette Middle School, presented the award. The two teachers are not related.
“It is so humbling,” Shannon Carter said, on receiving the award, “especially when you think of all the other teachers out there that give so much of themselves all the time.
“None of us do this by ourselves,” she said, thanking family members, co-workers, and principal Brandon Mosgrove.
Retiring superintendent Craig Davoulas gave a sentimental farewell, saying that being a teacher was the best job he ever had.
Retired Walker County teachers Tessa Pope, Cheryl Wilson and Nancy Guerrero served as judges, conducting 15-minute interviews with the 14 teachers who were named Teachers of the Year at their respective schools.
The three finalists selected were Carter, Teri Hughes of LaFayette High School and Patty Flowers of Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
“They made the process very comfortable and it felt just like you were having a conversation with the judges,” Carter recalled.
The judges visited each of the schools and observed the three teachers in their environments.
Carter will get $1,000 that can be used for professional learning development. Each of the other teachers will receive $200 toward instructional funding for their classrooms.
“This is inspiring because it makes you want to challenge yourself more,” Carter said.