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Chambers County names Teachers of the Year

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County School District named its teachers of the year Wednesday for the elementary school and secondary school levels at its board of education meeting.

Superintendent Kelli Hodge said the two winners were selected by a panel of judges consisting of retired teachers, former board members, community members and former teacher of the year recipients.

At the elementary school level, Lindsey Ennis, first-grade teacher at Bob Harding Shawmut Elementary, was named teacher of the year. In the middle and high school level, Christy Brock-Johnson, teacher education program instructor at the Chambers County Career Technical Center, was named the winner.

In a video tribute to all candidates, each principal of the schools gave a quick reason as to why they chose a particular teacher.

Jennifer Goodwin, principal of Bob Harding Shawmut Elementary, said in the video that Ennis serves on several committees and assists with activities.

“Her favorite part of teaching is building relationships with her students, parents and co-workers,” Goodwin said in the video. “She demonstrates this with her patient, caring and kind personality. She is always willing to go above and beyond the normal duties of a teacher.”

Other elementary school candidates included Lee Sides, Huguley Elementary; Rachael Sealy, Eastside Elementary; Cierra Terry, Fairfax Elementary; Deanna Fuller, Five Points Elementary; and Tammy Robinson, LaFayette Lanier Elementary.

Ken Sealy, director of the Career Tech Center, said in the tribute video that it was a tough move for Brock-Johnson to move from teaching second grade to instructing high school students but her hard work and determination made it a smooth transition.

“She is helping our students learn about the teaching profession in the best way possible — practical experience,” Sealy said in the video.

Sealy said she supervises students in a classroom setting after training them on leading a class, and she has taken students to state and national conferences on teaching. Additionally, Brock-Johnson helps those students be ready for college because to be a teacher, a four-year bachelor’s degree is required.

Other middle and high school candidates included Yolanda Jones Ferrell J.P. Powell Middle School; Dawn Tindell, LaFayette High School; Kristen Fryer; Valley High School; and Carmen Goodwin-Scroggins, WF Burns Middle School.

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