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 Liberty Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tracy Wagoner!
Liberty Elementary School 2021 Teacher of the Year Tracy Wagoner has been a teacher for her whole life.
When her baby sister was born, Ms. Wagoner, as a little girl, decided she would teach her everything she knew. Her sister was born with Down Syndrome, and helping her overcome her challenges inspired Ms. Wagoner’s career … not only to become a teacher, but to become the kindest and most caring teacher possible.
Ms. Wagoner, who retired at the end of last school year after 34 years of service, built the career she dreamed of, as students, parents and colleagues alike stand quick to testify to the positive difference she made in their lives. She began her teaching career in Bergen, N.Y. and taught in Illinois and North Carolina before joining Liberty Elementary’s faculty in 2002.
While at Liberty, Ms. Wagoner embraced its service learning and #BeKind initiatives and was named Teacher of the Month six times.
“She has dedicated her life to the education of young people. She has touched the lives of thousands of students and, for my two children, she touched their broken hearts, held them in her arms and walked them through the single most traumatic event in their adolescence,” shared a parent of two of her former students, whose father passed away when they were very young. “I’ve heard it said that ‘Teaching is love in its purest form.’ That is exactly why Tracy Wagoner should be and is our Teacher of the Year.”
In her own words: “The rewards a teacher receives are many. The ones that mean the most don’t cost money. The look on students’ faces when they finally understand a skill they have been struggling with is just one of them. The hugs from students when they enter the classroom is another.”
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.