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Elementary Teacher Earns Superintendent's Game Changer Award

Elementary Teacher Earns Superintendent's Game Changer Award

An elementary school teacher has earned a top honor from the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower this week presented the 2023 Game Changer Award for Instructional Excellence to Rebecca Coleman, a second-grade teacher at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy!

Four Game Changer awards are presented by Dr. Hightower each year: Instructional Excellence to a classroom teacher, Instructional Support, to an employee who serves in a support staff role, Instructional Leadership to a school or district leader and Instructional Advocacy to a non-CCSD employee.

“The importance of early literacy is a topic that’s very much in the news lately, but it’s been a priority and a success story for Rebecca since she began teaching,” Dr. Hightower said.  “She’s a rockstar teacher, who brings powerful game changing practices to her reading lessons each day.  Her principal sings her praises, as do Rebecca’s colleagues and her students’ families.  We’re grateful for all she does to support her students’ literacy growth and how she shares her expertise with her fellow teachers.”

Ms. Coleman joined CCSD in 2014 as a paraprofessional and began her teaching career in 2015.  She was named her school’s 2021 Teacher of the Year by her colleagues and also has earned the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award presented by Boy Scouts of America.  

Dr. Hightower surprised Ms. Coleman in front of her colleagues at their afternoon faculty meeting, where he was joined in praising her by Principal Joey Moss and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole H. Holmes.  She was presented with a special plaque to celebrate the honor.