Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Creekview High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Liana Howard and Principal Dr. Mark Merges.
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Creekview High School teacher Liana Howard has a quote from “To Kill a Mockingbird” on her English classroom wall: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
Ms. Howard hopes her students leave her class better readers and writers, but also better people. This dedication to teaching life lessons beyond the required standards and syllabus led her colleagues to name Ms. Howard their Teacher of the Year.
“In an increasingly divisive public sphere, the need for empathy – attempting to understand another’s viewpoint – has never been more important,” said Ms. Howard, who began her career in 2013 and is on track to earn her master’s degree this spring. The Harper Lee quote, she said, “serves as a constant reminder to practice empathy within the confines of our classroom.”
Principal Dr. Mark Merges says this spirit shines through all Ms. Howard does, from the classroom to co-sponsoring and coaching its State Champion Reading Bowl team to supporting colleagues. “When you walk into Liana’s classroom,” he said, “students know they are important, and they work with a purpose.”
In her own words: “My central message to fellow teachers, students and community stakeholders is to create a path to empathy.”
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!