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 Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Gina Haggerty!
Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Gina Haggerty teaches fourth-graders English language arts, social studies … and community.
“Extending the classroom outside of our walls begins with teaching community inside the classroom,” the 24-year teacher said. “We begin every morning with a family meeting. This is a time when we come together in the classroom and greet one another, share success stories, discuss problems and ways to work through those issues, teach compromise and build character. Our days begin with building relationships and making meaningful connections.”
Through this practice, Ms. Haggerty, who was named one of four finalists for Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year, has built strong relationships with students -- and their families.
One parent shared how Ms. Haggerty showed “immense empathy” toward her and her daughter when she was struggling with reading. Beyond her support in the classroom, Ms. Haggerty would call the mom every week to report on her daughter’s progress and give tips on how to work on reading at home.
“She gave my daughter confidence and inspired her to work harder to become a more successful reader,” the mom said, adding that she will “never forget” the phone call from Ms. Haggerty to share that her daughter had advanced by six reading levels to reach grade level. “My eyes watered listening to Ms. Haggerty talk, and all I could say was ‘Thank you for loving and believing in my daughter.’”
In her own words: “I praise students for more than academic mastery. I praise for creativity, curiosity, effort, empathy and kindness.”
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.