During last week's monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Dawson County teachers of the year were honored by local business and political leaders.
The monthly membership luncheon, held on April 14, recognized four elementary school teachers, two middle school teachers and one high school teacher and the impact they have made in the classroom as well as in the community.
"When I began thinking about what I would like to say about Mandy Smith, I was very tempted to come up here and tell you that she was a so-so teacher," said Principal Tracey Compton of Kilough Elementary, prompting laughter. "Several people out in the audience know why I say that because they have attempted on several occasions to steal her from me."
Principals from each school took turns addressing the crowded room, each lauding the contributions and dedication of their school's teacher of the year.
"I just want to say thank you. I am so blessed to be at Robinson in Dawson County," said System-wide Teacher of the Year Sallie Power.
Power said she is so grateful to be a part of this community.
Teacher Paula Poss echoed the sentiment.
"Just the title of ‘teacher' to me is such a privilege," said the Riverview Elementary teacher. "This is just such a special honor because Dawson County is home."
Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs told the group, "The classroom teacher is the number one factor when it comes to student achievement. We have very high student achievement in Dawson County because we have over 300 certified teachers who come in and work hard for our students every single day."
The event was sponsored by Northside Forsyth Hospital and catered by Cathie Waddell.