Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman and Principal Donna Bertram.
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 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman!
A second-generation educator, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman knew as a young girl that her calling was to be a superhero in the form of a teacher.
For her childhood teachers, she said, appeared as superheroes to her in the way they were both supportive and caring, while also in control of every situation and able to solve any problem before them.
“I attribute my love and success as an educator to my past teachers and mother because they made my dream of becoming someone’s superhero a reality,” said Ms. Chapman, who now is in her 22nd year of teaching and 16th at Holly Springs, where she currently teaches English language arts and social studies.
Ms. Chapman has fulfilled her heroic dream, according to parents and colleagues, who praise her focus on the individual whole child and willingness to support and mentor fellow educators.
“While in Ms. Chapman’s class,” one parent shared, “my daughter was not just taught the curriculum required for third grade, but Ms. Chapman also taught her new ways to deal with her anxiety and invested her time in letting her know how amazing she truly is.”
In her own words: “With the honor of teaching comes great responsibility.”
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!