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 Macedonia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Robin Ballew!
Macedonia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Robin Ballew from a young age felt called to teach, especially children with special needs.
After earning her degree in early childhood education, Ms. Ballew began teaching preschool and started her own family.
When her son was born with special needs, Ms. Ballew experienced firsthand the journey of parents of children who need Special Education services. Through her own experience, she found her career path. Now in her 21st year as a Special Education teacher, in both co-taught and resource settings, Ms. Ballew has guided hundreds of students and their parents on their own journey. She has earned master’s and specialist degrees and the respect of her students, their parents and her colleagues as a knowledgeable and experienced educator with a deep and personal care for her students’ success in the classroom -- and in life.
“Ms. Ballew lives and breathes research-based strategies daily while working with her students with special needs,” one of her former Principals shared. “She comes in early and stays late to ensure each student receives everything they need to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment.”
As another former Principal shared: “She seems to always magically find the right strategy to turn her students’ attitudes from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can.’ Because she believes in them and provides strategies for them to be able to access the curriculum, they believe in themselves.”
In her own words: “I make sure my teaching uses real-life scenarios that students can apply in the community. I want my students to be prepared to be an asset to their families and the community.”
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.