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Dawson County Superintendent Gibbs awarded for educational leadership
DCJHS teacher also nominated for Georgia Department of Education award
damon gibbs
Damon Gibbs.

Dawson County School Superintendent Damon Gibbs was recently awarded the 2021 Johnnye V. Cox Award, according to a release from the Dawson County Board of Education. 

“Faculty members in the Program of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education recognized Dr. Gibbs’ outstanding record of instructional leadership in multiple roles throughout his career,” the release said. “His leadership for expanded access to accelerated coursework for students in our district is exemplary!” 

The award is named after Dr. Johnnye V. Cox, a late University of Georgia College of Education professor who developed UGA’s program of instructional supervision after joining the college’s faculty in 1946. Cox was a national trailblazer in her field, the release said, and every year an award is given in her name to educators who make their own contributions of supervision and leadership. 

Following the announcement, Gibbs said he is honored and pleased to have received the award, but wants to share his win with the rest of his staff. 

“I am truly honored by the award but feel that any recognition for educational leadership should be shared with my team here in Dawson County,” Gibbs said. “We have a very supportive board of education and a district leadership team that works tirelessly to honor our commitment to expanding opportunities for all students in Dawson County.” 

Last week, Dawson County Junior High School also announced one of its teachers had been nominated for an award from the Georgia Department of Education.

Natalie Flanagan
Natalie Flanagan

“Congratulations to Mrs. Natalie Flanagan for being nominated for the Georgia Department of Education, Exemplary ESL Teacher for 2021,” a release by the school said. 

According to the release, Flanagan goes above and beyond her job description to help her students learn, especially those who are English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students. 

“Natalie constantly strives to better herself in her role as ESOL lead,” the release said. “She goes above and beyond to research new effective strategies and is always willing and open to pilot new programs or lead initiatives in our school that improve language acquisition and overall student learning.”