Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Sixes Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year LaTonya McGruder and recently retired Principal Cindy Crews.
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 Sixes Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year LaTonya McGruder!
LaTonya McGruder’s Sixes Elementary School students leave her math, science and social studies classroom knowing more than their lesson material.
For while this Teacher of the Year is an excellent educator with 26 years of experience and master’s and specialist degrees, she sees her No. 1 role as making sure each third- and fourth-grader knows she is “their No. 1 fan.”
She does this by learning their interests and what makes them laugh. She does this by showing up at their sporting events, recitals and birthday parties. She does this by putting in the research, thoughtfulness and hard work that creates memorable lessons and practices. Like how at the end of each day, students, while listening to the song “Shining Star,” circle the classroom with her to compliment every classmate.
It may be why each of her students thinks he or she is “her favorite” and why, as her Principal said, no matter how high a bar Ms. McGruder sets (and she sets it high) – “they always rise to her expectations.”
In her own words: “I love knowing that my students feel loved, respected and supported in my classroom and know that such a culture keeps them coming back for more.”
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!