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 Little Elementary School Teacher of the Year Stephanie Telaro!
Little Elementary School Teacher of the Year Stephanie Telaro knows firsthand the struggles some of her students face.
As a child, her family moved from Montreal to Acworth, and she began school there only knowing to read and write French and with additional learning differences.
Her second-grade teacher “poured so much into me and went above and beyond to help develop my skills,” shared Ms. Telaro, adding that she continued to struggle academically for years, but succeeded thanks to supportive teachers.
“When teaching,” said Ms. Telaro, now in her seventh year teaching elementary schoolers, “I try to always remember what it felt like to be confused and scared. I never want a student to feel frightened to make mistakes, but to feel confident in them and be able to learn from the fall.”
That great care for her students is felt by them and their parents, and positively influences her colleagues as well. “She treats every single student like they are her priority,” shared a parent, whose child with autism was in Ms. Telaro’s co-taught class and benefitted from her compassion and understanding of learning differences. “I cannot sign her praises enough.”
In her own words: “I feel that my greatest contribution to education so far has been my ability to empathize with the struggle. I remember what it was like to be that child, and strive to make all of my students feel 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.