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Dawson County Educator Sarah Pruitt named Mountain Education teacher of the year
Sarah Pruitt
Sarah Pruitt

Mountain Education Charter School has recognized Sarah Pruitt, a teacher at it’s Dawson County location, as teacher of the year. 

According to Anita Cox, site administrator at the Mountain Education Dawson site, Pruitt was chosen as the teacher of the year for all 18 Mountain Education locations by peers from all sites of the school. 

“She was chosen by her peers in all 18 sites,” Cox said. “They had to submit an application and answer some questions.” 

Pruitt is the team coordinator for the mentor program at the school, as well as a personal health and fitness teacher. According to Dawson Site Administrator Shannon Gable, Pruitt has been with the school for several years now and has always been instrumental in keeping students at the center. 

Mountain Education Charter School has recognized Sarah Pruitt, a teacher at it’s Dawson County location, as teacher of the year. 

According to Anita Cox, site administrator at the Mountain Education Dawson site, Pruitt was chosen as the teacher of the year for all 18 Mountain Education locations by peers from all sites of the school. 

“She was chosen by her peers in all 18 sites,” Cox said. “They had to submit an application and answer some questions.” 

Pruitt is the team coordinator for the mentor program at the school, as well as a personal health and fitness teacher. According to Dawson Site Administrator Shannon Gable, Pruitt has been with the school for several years now and has always been instrumental in keeping students at the center. 

“She’s been with the school since we opened in 2016,” Gable said. “If you wanna describe somebody who’s student-focused it would be Sarah.” 

Pruitt holds several degrees, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Education from North Georgia College, an Educational Specialist Degree from Piedmont College and a National Board Certification. She has been teaching in the Dawson County School System for 31 years and was selected 2003 as Teacher of the Year at Black's Mill Elementary School, where she taught P.E. 

According to Pruitt, her mother was her greatest career influence, encouraging her to get a good education. Pruitt said that she teaches by the Bible verse Colossians 3:23, “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”. 

Pruitt said that she is honored to have been chosen as teacher of the year, and that she feels blessed to be a part of such a great group of teachers.

“I’ve taught different schools in Dawson County and always been blessed to work with a lot of good educators, and some of the same teachers that teach in the regular Dawson County system teach there and they’re just some of the best of the best,” Pruitt said. “So I just feel really small because of what a great group of teachers we have at all the Mountain Ed sites.” 

According to Pruitt, the best part of working at Mountain Education is getting to make a difference for students who may be facing more challenges than others.

“A lot of the kids that we serve have a lot of challenges; some of them have full-time jobs and they’re still teenagers so they’re coming to school at night to try to complete their high school diploma,” Pruitt said. "And everybody here just has such a passion to help them to be successful.” 

Cox said that Pruitt’s drive to help every student succeed is one of the things that makes her a great teacher. 

“She’s fabulous, she’s a hard worker, she’s very dedicated to the students and to our site and she will do anything to help a kid get to where he or she needs to be,” Cox said. “We couldn’t be successful without her.”

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