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 2021 Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Herrera!
Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Herrera sees her role as preparing students for future success in life.
The 15-year educator teaches social studies, and finds opportunity at every turn to incorporate real-world experiences and life skills.
Students fill our real job applications from local employers, seeing firsthand the expectations they will one day need to fulfil to gain employment. They then participate in mock job interviews, with a focus on the full process from dressing well to being prepared to answer questions to hearing they didn’t get the job … and learning how to improve for the next opportunity. In another lesson, students learn public speaking skills and practice by preparing and presenting a speech as the “spokesperson” for the career field or college that most interests them.
A colleague shared that Ms. Herrera always remind her that the students “are the reason we’re here” as teachers. “All her decisions and actions are driven by what will be best for them,” her colleague shared. “She is a master teacher whose influence can never be measured as it will keep spreading and never be erased.”
In her own words: “It is important for me to teach content and standards to my students, but it is of the utmost importance to prepare them for real life situations. Students must recognize that there is not only one way to be successful – there are many ways for students to make a difference in this world.”
Special thanks to our 2021 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.