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 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jennie Allen!
Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jennie Allen knows every student at the school.
As the school’s PE teacher, Ms. Allen instructs every child on how to jump higher, run faster, and live healthier.
Her role is more than teaching students about physical fitness, sports and nutrition, as Ms. Allen’s lessons also teach students self-awareness, confidence and teamwork. Over her 27-year career, during which she now twice has been named Teacher of the Year, Ms. Allen has learned the names and hearts of thousands of students.
“She is able to build rapport with each of her students by truly getting to know them as individuals,” Principal Dr. Julie Dutko said. “All of our students look forward to her class because of the care she takes to know each of them and meet their social and emotional needs as well as physical needs. Throughout her classes, the students experience challenges that encourage teamwork, communication, physical fitness and fun. This is why many students identify her class as their favorite part of the day.”
Ms. Allen’s dedication to students extends beyond her classes, as she also sponsors the school’s running club and helped launch the school’s positive behavior program and its “game day” celebrations. Her care for overall wellness includes her colleagues as well, and she serves them as the school’s wellness ambassador and State Health Benefit Plan school representative.
In her own words: “It is important that students recognize their achievements and success through a positive learning experience. This kind of success can lead to confidence and discipline that can be applied to all areas of life.”
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.