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Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Katie Garrison of Free Home ES!

Posted On: Saturday, September 4, 2021

Free Home ES 2021 TOTY Katie Garrison

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 Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Garrison!

Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Garrison heard the calling to become a teacher as a student volunteer at Vacation Bible School.

After taking a biology course in college, she thought her path had diverged toward a career in science or math and, upon graduation, she felt torn.  When she ran into her former third-grade teacher, Ms. Garrison knew the perfect answer … she would teach science and math!

Now in her eighth year as a teacher, Ms. Garrison is known among her colleagues as a “teacher of teachers,” who develops master lesson plans and seeks greater knowledge, which she then shares, to implement best practices ranging from real-world applications of standards to blending instructional technology.  A Service League of Cherokee County member, Ms. Garrison also is known among her colleagues, students and their parents for her kindness and the positive relationships she fosters with every student.

“I think anyone would agree that it takes a special person to teach,” shared one parent, whose children are former students of Ms. Garrison and who has served as a substitute teacher and seen her in action.  “For exceptional teachers, this profession is not just a job; it is a calling.  It is a calling for those who want to make a difference.  It is a calling for those who want to enrich others, not just themselves.  It is a selfless calling.  Mrs. Garrison exemplifies all of the qualities of an exceptional teacher.”

In her own words: “My accomplishments in education are measured by how I make connections with my students and how they feel coming into my classroom.  I believe it is important to know my students as individuals.  I get to know their dislikes, interests, family members and extra-curricular activities.  Making an effort to show you care makes the biggest impact on students.” 

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.

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