Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Tippens Education Center 2019 Teacher of the Year April Popham and recently retired Principal Kelly Strickland.
Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Tippens Education Center 2019 Teacher of the Year April Popham!
One parent describes the students who Tippens Education Center Teacher of the Year April Popham serves as “star-shaped pegs in a world of square-shaped holes.”
What makes Ms. Popham such an extraordinary educator for these students, whose star shape often is officially diagnosed as autism, behavioral disorders or other special needs, is that she truly sees them as shining stars and helps them see themselves that same way.
“As a parent who for many years did not know for sure if college and career would be an option for my son, I can attest I see a very real and bright future for him,” a parent shared. “She goes far beyond teaching academics and meeting standards by challenging her students and finding ways to teach them where and how they need, so they can be successful and take pride in their accomplishments.”
A six-year teacher, Ms. Popham worked first as a school secretary, then media clerk and then paraprofessional, as she earned her teaching degree -- and high regard from her colleagues.
In her own words: “I believe my greatest contribution to Tippens is my bond with students. I am always there to give my kids hugs, fist bumps and high-fives. I work to provide a sense of security and stability to those who may not have that elsewhere. To this day, I believe I was sent to Tippens.”
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!