Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Kara Reeder and Principal Dr. Michael Manzella.
E.T. Booth Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kara Reeder does more than ensure students master STEM knowledge – she “truly changes the trajectory of students’ lives.”
One parent shared how, before Ms. Reeder’s class, her son didn’t like science class much. But after Ms. Reeder’s hands-on lessons connected to real-life experiences, that all changed. Now, she said, he’s a STEM Pathway student at Etowah High School focused on a career in engineering.
“The passion for science that she shares with her students is inspiring,” the parent said of Ms. Reeder, a 16-year educator, whose dedication to education earned her the school’s Teacher of the Year honor.
One such inspiring lesson: to teach her students about bio-medical engineering, Ms. Reeder tasked them with designing a prosthetic device for a person. The lesson began with a guest expert speaker from a bio-medical firm, continued with students developing a “back story” for their device’s recipient, and then designing the device. The lesson ended with even more impact: a guest speaker who is an amputee and lives every day with a prosthetic came into class to share his own story.
In her own words: “Challenging students to see the relevance in what they are learning allows them to make real-world connections. Finding the spark that will ignite their curiosity is the goal.”
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!