Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2022 E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year Lori Salvino!
E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year Lori Salvino begins her 27th year of teaching next week.
Her enthusiasm and energy might make you think it’s her first year, but her expertise and wisdom show her experienced hand. Ms. Salvino teaches her school’s Special Education students with the greatest needs, and she delivers to them the greatest education, according to her colleagues. “She is probably the most gifted educator I have had the pleasure of serving,” a former administrator shared. “She believes her students can achieve, and they do.”
Ms. Salvino sings and dons costumes to engage and humor her students, but she also crafts layered lessons rich with learning standards and real world applications. One of her best is the coffee cart project, through which students run a small business together selling coffee drinks to teachers and staff. The lessons include business math, time management, teamwork, leadership and customer service. Along the way, they gain greater self-awareness and self-confidence.
The project goes hand and hand with another of Ms. Salvino’s legacies: the Friends Club, which has grown since she founded it to also include a credit-based peer helper course for eighth-graders who want to support classmates with special needs. As part of their class, peer helpers assist with the coffee cart project to model the skills their classmates need to master. They also assist with adaptive PE classes, extra-curricular activities and social experiences for the students they befriend through the program.
In her own words: “To say that these programs have had a positive and direct influence on the culture of E.T. Booth almost seems like an understatement. It changes lives and makes us a family.”
Special thanks to our 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.