Message from the Superintendent: Please Join Me in Thanking a Teacher

Message from the Superintendent: Please Join Me in Thanking a Teacher

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Today, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, and this week, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.

While it’s important to officially mark this day and this week, we should not need a reminder to thank our community’s teachers.

We should keep them in our hearts all the time. We should not begrudge them the right to earn a living through their profession. We should remember the vital role they play in shaping our future.

As the saying goes, “Teaching is the profession that creates all others.” No matter what your vocation, someone taught you along the way the skills to succeed – whether it was reading, writing and arithmetic or physics, welding or accounting.

I’d like to share two images with you today.

One is of a Woodstock High School teacher named Kelly Burke.

She’s a dynamic teacher who burns as brilliantly as her hand when she sets it ablaze the first day of class (look away, Office of Risk Management) to fire up her students for science. She excites students about Advanced Placement Physics, and with her guidance, they get it, they pass one of the toughest classes offered, and they earn college credit.

They get something more though. They get a mentor, who will cheer them on from the sidelines, answer their emails as they encounter challenges in college, and encourage them for the rest of their lives.

One of my greatest honors as your Superintendent of Schools is the privilege to recognize excellence among our students and employees. Ms. Burke, who is retiring at the end of this month, has been applauded many times by her students, her colleagues, her community and her peers statewide. She’s a past CCSD Teacher of the Year and Top 10 finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year. She’s the current STAR Teacher of the Year, selected by our county’s student with the highest SAT score, and she’s regularly selected by valedictorians and salutatorians as their most influential teacher.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of joining that chorus by surprising Ms. Burke before her colleagues with my Game Changer Award for Instructional Excellence. It’s awarded only to one teacher a year for extraordinary classroom teaching – and it’s one of a kind, just like her.

When she gave her remarks, she showered the praise on her colleagues, thanking them for their support. She made the observation that no one else ever has taught in her classroom, which has been her own since the school opened in 1996. No one will ever be able to fill the classroom as she has either.

This is just one story of the thousands of teachers who make our School District exceptional, and she is one of several hundred who will retire this month after a career of service.

There’s one more image I want to share with you. It’s of a group of smiling Woodstock High School seniors that appeared in my Twitter feed this morning. The school hosted a “Future Educators Signing Day” for them, much like those held nationwide for student athletes. As today went on, I saw photos from our other high schools holding the same special ceremonies for their future teachers. What a wonderful way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day and show how we should recognize children who choose this path.

Please join me in thanking a teacher who is making a difference in your child’s life or who made a difference in your own.

I appreciate every one of our teachers each day, those who are in their last days of a legacy of teaching, and those who are just beginning this wonderful journey… one I’m so thankful a teacher prepared me for many years ago.

#CCSDfam #ThankATeacherGA

CCSD Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 3

job fair flier

CCSD will hold its annual job fair for teacher candidates, as well as future bus drivers and school nutrition workers, on Saturday, March 3, from 9 am to 12 noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock.  Job seekers can fill out an application online at and then meet school administrators in person at the fair.


This fair is designed for teacher candidates graduating from educator preparation programs, as well as experienced educators who currently hold professional certification in Georgia or another state.


Join the team of caring professionals who provide breakfast and lunch to students.  Food service experience is preferred, but not required.


Become one of our trusted school bus drivers who provides safe transportation to and from school each day. CDL may be obtained after hiring.

2018 CCSD Job Fair March 3

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Join Our CCSD Family as a School Bus Driver

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CCSD Grads Return as Teachers

CCSD Welcomes Instructional Lead Strategists

CCSD Celebrates 2018 Teacher of the Year


CCSD Educator Wins Georgia Education Technology Innovation Grant!

A Cherokee County School District educator has won a 2016 Georgia Education Technology Innovation Grant from the Georgia Educational Technology Consortium!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy media specialist Madeline Hall is one of only four winners to earn the $2,500 grant.


Madeline Hall

The grant will benefit the SMArTE (science, math, art, technology, and engineering) Space Ms. Hall created in the media center.  The project provides design process opportunities for students in all grades to use creativity and inventive thinking to build prototypes, explore questions, experience failure and successes and bounce  ideas off each other.  Ms. Hall works with classroom teachers to align SMArTE Space activities with curriculum and standards.

The Georgia Educational Technology Consortium is an independent nonprofit organization that also sponsors the annual Georgia Educational Technology Conference for educators and the Technology Fair student competition.


CCSD Teacher Wins International Entrepreneurship Education Award

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Sequoyah High School marketing teacher Kari Palmer was honored at this summer’s 29th Annual International Entrepreneurship Institute with the Dr. Paul DeLargy Angel Award.



















A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a top award from an international entrepreneurship education program!

Sequoyah High School marketing teacher Kari Palmer was honored at this summer’s 29th Annual International Entrepreneurship Institute with the Dr. Paul DeLargy Angel Award.

The award is the highest honor the Institute bestows and “recognizes the educator who develops entrepreneurship education best practices along with implementation plans that have the greatest potential for social impact and student transformation.”  The recipient also must “exhibit passion for student transformation and capture the very spirit of a social entrepreneurship angel.”

Ms. Palmer, with CCSD Special Education teacher Linda VanFossen, developed a plan to increase high school graduation rates by involving more Career Technical Instruction (CTI) students in entrepreneurship career classes and by offering more experiential learning activities.  CTI is a program that supports Special Education students enrolled in Career, Technical and Agricultural Education classes.

Only one high school teacher receives this annual award, which is named for Dr. Paul DeLargy, founder of Real LEDGE (Leading Economic Development through Global Entrepreneurship), in honor of his dedication to transforming student lives through entrepreneurship.  Dr. DeLargy, according to the Institute, “believes that educators who use experiential best practices to serve, teach and inspire their students are the greatest social entrepreneurs, or as he more lovingly calls them, social entrepreneurship angels.”

The Institute is presented by Real LEDGE in partnership with the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center to prepare K-12 and post-secondary educators and community-based organizations to teach entrepreneurship.  Ms. Palmer was one of four CCSD educators to attend the Institute.