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Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Dr. Jodi Burn of Cherokee HS!

Posted On: Saturday, July 10, 2021

Cherokee HS TOTY 2021 Dr. Jodi Burn

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Dr. Jodi Burn!

Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Dr. Jodi Burn sees star power in every student.

As the school’s theatre teacher, she matches students to roles onstage and backstage, but her greatest talent, according to students, parents and colleagues, is helping every student shine in their daily life.

“She pushes each of ‘her kids’ to be their best,” one parent shared.  “She nurtures their creative side, encourages them to be true to themselves, and then supports who they are.  The amount of support she gives them is incredible.”

Dr. Burn, a 24-year educator beginning her eighth year in her current role, wins rave reviews from her colleagues and earned the honor of CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalist from the recognition program’s judging committee.

Through her dedication to the drama program, it has grown to offer students more opportunities for participation in performances, community service, competition and leadership.  Participation now tops 150 students, and the schedule of shows has doubled to as many as eight a year.  

“It is obvious Dr. Burn believes her position of educator does not begin and end at her classroom door,” one colleague shared.  “She is a truly unique and remarkable teacher who gives her best to all tasks, and faces each day with an open heart, mind and spirit.”

In her own words: “I base my program on the teaching principles of building a family within the classroom walls.  In the theatre, students must work together.  They must encourage and lift one another up, and at no time should a student feel unwanted or neglected.  The theatre is a safe place – everyone has a place.”

Special thanks to our 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton. 

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