Spencer Wright has received numerous accolades over the years as chorus director at Dawson County High School.
While each award has been meaningful, the latest is the most special, he said.
“I’m a Christian and I love God, and this award is testament to my beliefs and what I strive to show and be for these kids every day,” Wright said of being named Goshen Baptist Church’s Guardian Angel.
The annual award honors a local educator for his or her Christian leadership and love of children.
“I’m so proud, because I want to be here for these kids,” said Wright, adding that he never preaches to the students. “Help them grow, be good to one another and be happy and know I’m here for them.”
Goshen’s congregation established the award in 1993 after a visiting preacher at revival challenged the church to recognize Christian teachers in the community.
Vickie Smith Turner was the first honoree. Elementary school principals Roxanne Fausett, Julia Mashburn and Lois Zangara are also past recipients.
Goshen member and educator Charles Finley presented Wright with a recognition plaque during a recent board of education meeting.
The compassion and leadership Wright showed earlier this year after the death of a member of the Chamber Singers played a role in the honor.
Fausett’s 16-year-old son Jake was on his way home from school when he died in a single-vehicle wreck March 10 on Hwy. 136.
“Spencer was the essence of leadership and love in handling the situation, not only for his students, but all the students at Dawson County High School,” Finley said.
Wright and his wife, Laura, have twin 7-year-old daughters, Maggie and Piper.
A Dawson County High School graduate, the popular teacher has spent all but a few years of his life in the county.
Wright attended Piedmont College, where he earned his bachelor’s in music education and later his master’s in early childhood education.