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 Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Debbie Howell!
The students in Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Debbie Howell’s class begin every day with a clean slate.
The 18-year educator believes this mindset leads her Special Education students to make more progress each day.
“I show them that I understand they made a mistake, but our next interaction is a new one,” she said. “My students do not have to worry that I do not care about them because they made poor behavior choices. I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same, and I try to set that example every day.”
This philosophy has earned Ms. Howell the respect of her students, their families and her colleagues. As one parent shared, her daughter struggled with reading upon starting kindergarten and was diagnosed with a learning disability. Ms. Howell not only helped her make progress, but she now, as a middle school student, reads on grade level and chooses to read for fun.
“Ms. Howell shared what we came to know as her ‘mantra’ – that everyone learns in his or her own way and at their own pace,’” she said. “Ms. Howell gave her the tools, the encouragement, and the time she needed to work her way through this difficult challenge. Now that she has seen success and the reward for her hard work, she is arguably stronger than a child who did not face these challenges. Wherever life takes her, we always will be in debt to Ms. Howell and Boston Elementary for making sure she had the chance to face her future with confidence and strength.”
In her own words: “Building positive, trusting relationships with students and their families is one of the most important things a teacher can do.”
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.