• Educator excellence to highlight annual DCS Teacher of the Year Banquet



    Educator excellence to highlight annual DCS Teacher of the Year Banquet
     

    Educators were selected for individual excellence by their peers from the district’s six campuses: Amber Donnell (Dublin High School), Dr. Paulette Chappell (Dublin Middle School), Moe Stanley (Moore Street), Josh White (Hillcrest Elementary), Kim Bowers (Susie Dasher Elementary) and Riley Holmes (Irish Gifted Academy).

     

    “These men and women are excellence personified,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams. “Educators are called on to do so much inside and out of the classroom today, and these teachers continue to inspire not only our students but also their coworkers and the community. We are blessed to have them as part of our Dublin City Schools family.”

     

    According to Dublin High School Principal Dr. Jaroy Stuckey, Donnell is a “Jack of all trades” who goes above and beyond for her students.

     

    “They really understand that she wants the best for them. That’s what makes her a great teacher at Dublin High School,” Stuckey said.

     

    Donnell said that’s an easy task, given the quality of student she works with every day in and out of class.

     

    “These students are amazing,” Donnell said. “I absolutely love my children. When I’m down or just not even quite feeling myself they pick me up, they take care of me.”

     

    In the case of Dr. Chappell, DMS Principal Tapuwa Makaya said her leadership helps her forge meaningful relationships with both her students and colleagues.

     

    “Dr. Chappell is a leader in her classroom amongst her students and she’s also a leader amongst her colleagues,” Makaya said. “I’m very appreciative to be her supervisor and it’s been an honor and privilege as well.”

     

    Chappell said the thrill of teaching history is showing how it impacts every American.

     

    “What I love about teaching history is that I can incorporate everyday life,” Chappell said. “I can incorporate all cultures, every ethnicity, just involve all of my students, engage everybody that I teach. (And) just find a way to bring all of them into the picture…I can find a way to make them a part of it, and make my history come to life.”

     

    Moore Street Principal Brian Howell said that Stanley has taken the entire Social Studies department under his wing, and has done so with a smile.

     

    “He understands the students and tries to meet them where they are,” Howell said. “…All of the Milestones for Social Studies he’s responsible for. He never complains, always smiles and always willing to go the extra mile for our students.”

     

    Stanley said his smile is ultimately derived from the looks on the faces of the students who cross the stage each semester as high school graduates.

     

    “I just love Moore Street,” Stanley said. “We’re one big family as far as the staff and we have some amazing kids…It’s just something seeing that kid walk across that stage with a big smile on their face and they just said, 'I did it.’ A lot of kids don’t think they can do it until they meet the right person who shows they can do it.”

     

    Dr. Sherrell Edmond, principal at Hillcrest, said that White has been a wonderful and welcome addition to its family because of his concern for students’ social/emotional growth and health.

     

    “He was all about building a rapport with the students first,” Edmond said. “His first goal was to have the students work on their self character so that way he could easily touch the lives of them and then instill the academic achievement in them to want them to grow.”

     

    White’s rational for entering into teaching was due to an inspirational educator during his high school years, whom he’s tried to emulate in some form ever since.

     

    “The thing I enjoy about teaching math here at Hillcrest Elementary is those little light bulb moments. The day when something finally clicks in their mind and you see the light go off, or they go ‘I get it now’ and they understand.

     

    At Susie Dasher, Principal Lakeisha Fluker said Mrs. Bowers’ “passion” puts her students in prime position to succeed each and every day.

     

    “Mrs. Bowers is just very passionate about what she does,” Fluker said. “By far her passion exudes outward. She’s always one of the first ones to get here and one of the last ones to leave. She’s just tenacious about making sure her students get what they need.”

     

    Bowers said that is because she looks at each student as her own child when they come to class each day.

     

    “Every day is different. You never know what to expect,” Bowers said. “When they’re with me, I’m their mother during that time. So they’re my babies when they’re with me at school. So not only do I teach them the academic part, I can also teach them life lessons to apply towards the rest of their lives.”

     

    Cassie Tibitts, Site Coordinator at the Irish Gifted Academy, spoke about how Holmes’ “unique” approach to education is reaping great results for his students.

     

    “Mr. Holmes is very unique in character and in the way he teaches children and delivers models of learning to the kids,” Tibitts said. “You won’t meet any person quite like him.”

     

    The excitement of discovery for both Holmes and his students is what he said motivates him when he comes to class each day.

     

    “Here at Irish Gifted Academy, I wake up every day and I’m excited to get to work,” Holmes said. “I have a great group of kids I get to work with. They make me a better teacher in that they make me want to find the next big thing for them to help them enjoy coming to school as much as I get to teach them.

     

    ABOUT DUBLIN CITY SCHOOLS

    Dublin City Schools is a five-campus charter school system operating in Dublin, GA. The system currently serves roughly 2,400 students from Pre-K to 12th grade at Hillcrest Elementary, Irish Gifted Academy, Susie Dasher Elementary, Dublin Middle, Moore Street and Dublin High Schools. The system is led by Superintendent Dr. Fred Williams, along with the Dublin City Schools Board of Education including: Chairman John Bell III and members Bill Perry, James Lanier, Peggy Johnson, Laura Travick, Kenny Walters and Nelson Carswell IV.

     

    For more information, visit dcsirish.com