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 Etowah High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Saye!
Over his 19 years as an art teacher, Etowah High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Saye has created many masterpieces.
He’s sparked students’ interest in art and fostered their talent into lifelong pursuits and careers. He’s coached students to success on the football field, track and wrestling mats. He’s guided parents and teachers through 504 medical and learning disability plans to help students overcome challenges to be as successful as possible. He’s created a tangible masterpiece in the form of the school’s 9/11 Memorial, a campus centerpiece that reminds the school community daily, through art, of the day’s tragic losses and heroes.
And he’s made the lives of countless students and colleagues better due to his positive influence.
As one student shared, Mr. Saye is deserving of recognition not only as an outstanding teacher, but as an outstanding person. “He possesses a unique ability to make everyone in his classroom feel welcomed and accepted.”
The first in his family to earn a high school diploma, Mr. Saye recognized early on the opportunity learning offered him and now works to light the same spark in his students’ hearts and minds. “He has saved students just by being himself every day in the classroom and in the halls," a colleague shared. "He is a reminder of the positive impact teachers can have upon students, and the positive impact teachers can have upon one another.”
In his own words: “Today’s students need to see teachers as explorers of knowledge, and teachers need to have the courage to open their hearts and allow students to ‘see’ them. Teach and encourage students to have the courage to believe in themselves and accept the challenges of life no matter how lofty their goals are.”
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.