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Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Cristin Bell of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy!

Posted On: Saturday, October 2, 2021

Cristin Bell

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 Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Cristin Bell!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Cristin Bell comes from a long line of educators … not for just one or two generations – but since the 1800s.

While teaching flows from the roots to the leaves of her family tree, Ms. Bell first worked in banking and as a School District secretary and technology specialist before heeding the call she long had heard to follow in the family business.

For the last 15 years, she’s followed her calling to teach, which colleagues, parents and former students attest is her true path … and that they’re incredibly grateful for the positive difference she’s made by following it.

“She is an overcomer, a problem-solver, an innovator and a dynamic faculty member,” one colleague shared.  “She teaches her students to strive for excellence, love learning and respect each other.”

Considered a master teacher and mentor by her colleagues, Ms. Bell, who teaches English Language Arts, also is renowned for her support of school extra-curricular programs.  Director for the Hasty Drama Club and Reading Bowl coach have been among her extra hats.  “Ms. Bell’s approach to both activities allows students of all abilities to grow as young people, setting them up for strong futures,” shared a parent of a former student.  “We are so thankful for the two years our son spent with Ms. Bell.  He is a better person because of that.”

In her own words: “I feel great pride when students can feel connected and engaged within the classroom.  When students are happy to come to school and are willing to trust me with the process of their learning, I am successful.” 

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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