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 Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year Debbie Baluch!
Debbie Baluch’s path to becoming the Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year began with her own children.
When her children enrolled in elementary school, Ms. Baluch started volunteering with the PTA and helping in classrooms. She enjoyed this service so much, she completed training to become a substitute teacher. Ms. Baluch found herself in high demand, as her calendar was filled daily with requests from teachers across the school district choosing her to take care of their students.
She had found her calling, and Ms. Baluch fulfilled it by earning a bachelor’s degree in education and accepting a teaching post. Nineteen years later, she also has earned master’s and specialist’s degrees … and the admiration of more than a generation of students, parents and colleagues.
“Every one of her students feels welcomed and important when stepping inside her classroom,” shared one of those former students. “Her hard work and attitude have undoubtedly impacted thousands of students’ lives for the better.”
Her students and colleagues alike point to Ms. Baluch’s love for her profession and dedication to not only teaching academics, but also her sincere care for each child, as to why she is so loved.
In her own words: “It is of paramount importance in our society today to get to know students better in order to teach the whole child. Accepting diversity and embracing it in this time helps me learn from my students and foster a learning environment that is better for my students.”
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.