Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Teasley Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicholas Garcia and Principal Dr. Ben Lester.
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 Teasley Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicholas Garcia!
Teasley Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Nicholas Garcia sees the world as a place full of stories. Many of them are bad: selfishness, exclusion, entitlement.
Through his work, the 10-year educator wants to teach students to write a new and better story for themselves and their world: stories of selflessness, inclusion and empowerment.
This commitment to teach children not only the standards for his subject, but also about their potential and possibilities, has earned him their respect, as well as his colleagues’, who named him Teacher of the Year.
“He comes in every day with the attitude ‘It’s a new day,’” one colleague said. “He displays this behavior with students. There are no grudges held about situations that happened the day before. His students feel that they can share whatever is on their minds with him. Our children need more teachers like Mr. Garcia.”
Mr. Garcia, who taught in Taiwan and Alpharetta before joining CCSD four years ago, also is praised for his knowledge of research-based instructional strategies and how to make lessons interactive … and fun!
In his own words: “I tell my students, ‘Don’t let fear rob you of your story. Don’t let fear turn your blockbuster life into a boring one. And remember, the great stories go to those who don’t live in fear.”
Special thanks to our "Legacy Makers" Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton!