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 CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Catrina Wilson!
CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Catrina Wilson is early on in her career, but like her little learners at Ralph Bunche Center, she is a quick study.
“She is a problem-solver, a technology guru and a dynamic teacher of young children,” her Principal shared. “She always goes above and beyond the call of duty and will assist with any task, big or small, without hesitation.”
Ms. Wilson, a four-year educator who began her education career as a paraprofessional, is known not only for her success in teaching academic lessons to her Special Education PreK students, but also social and emotional skills.
One mom shared how her child began the school year nonverbal. Thanks to Ms. Wilson’s “patience and innovative teaching skills,” by the end of the first semester, he learned to speak, count and draw – a “tremendous” gain for him and his family, his mom said. His abilities then grew to include using his skills to overcome emotional challenges.
“When he has so much going on in his head and is overwhelmed, he now knows to ‘use his words,’” his mom shared. “She has truly brought out a new child in my son.”
Ms. Wilson said she works to blend lessons that teach cognitive skills with those that teach social skills, as her students often start the school year struggling with both.
In her own words: “Students need social and emotional support. They need to know it is OK to have big feelings and how to handle them appropriately in a school setting.”
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.