Recognizing good teachers is important

Everyone can name a teacher who made a positive impact in his or her life. Good teachers are always in need and should be recognized throughout the community. In Friday’s edition of The Outlook, we wrote about Reeltown High School science teacher Georgia Smith being named Tallapoosa County Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2019-20. […]

Everyone can name a teacher who made a positive impact in his or her life. Good teachers are always in need and should be recognized throughout the community.

In Friday’s edition of The Outlook, we wrote about Reeltown High School science teacher Georgia Smith being named Tallapoosa County Schools’ Teacher of the Year for 2019-20.

Smith was nominated along with Dadeville Elementary School teacher Lyssa Riggins, Dadeville High School teacher Wes Talton, Horseshoe Bend teacher Thomas C. Brown, Horseshoe Bend secondary teacher Tracy Robbins and Reeltown Elementary teacher Chris Burley.

Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle said at the teacher of the year luncheon the school system has very good teachers.

We agree. Tallapoosa schools’ state report cards score improved from 2018 to 2019 and Reeltown High School’s grade jumped from 78 to 86.

Smith said Thursday she doesn’t like having class time interrupted because she’s so passionate about her students.

“I don’t want my kids to miss anything even if they’re not going to college and a lot of them aren’t, but I want them to get out of high school and be the best that they can be,” Smith said. “My ultimate goal is to turn out productive, positive citizens no matter what they’re going to do. I want them to see me work hard and they see me get upset about losing class time and I hope they realize how much I value it and that it rubs off on them a bit.”

Teaching is not easy and takes a lot of dedication and patience. Teachers start their day before school begins and are still there hours after the final bell preparing for the next day’s lessons.

Society holds high standards for teachers and it is important to recognize those who are making a difference in children’s lives. We want to congratulate Smith and thank all teachers who work in the Tallapoosa County School System for educating the next generation of leaders.