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Athens teachers of year speak about philosophy on children

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — A teacher who believes the philosophy “pay it forward” and another who puts students in leadership roles will represent Athens City Schools for state teacher of the year honors.

On Thursday, the Board of Education and Superintendent Orman Bridges Jr. recognized Debbie Elmore as Elementary Teacher of the Year and Sherry McEwen as Secondary Teacher of the Year.

‘Pay it forward’

McEwen, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Athens Middle, said she encourages her students to follow the “pay it forward” rule. By doing good deeds, McEwen said, students will help other individuals aspire to their dreams, which will help “our nation to achieve its highest ideals.”

Elmore, a fifth-grade teacher at Athens Intermediate, said she wants her students to get a hands-on education and assume leadership positions.

She said Earth’s most precious asset “is our children.”

A committee chose McEwen and Elmore from each school’s nominee.

The teachers of the year from the other schools:

  • Holly Scarbel, Athens Elementary.

  • Stephanie Brown, Brookhill Elementary.

  • Shannon Booco, Cowart Elementary.

  • Lisa Kelley, Julian Newman Elementary.

  • Edd Carter, Athens High.

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