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Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Patti Nations of Indian Knoll ES!

Posted On: Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations and Principal Kim Cerasoli.

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 Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations!

Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Patti Nations felt called to her profession as a young girl, transforming everywhere she went into a classroom for her siblings or stuffed animals.

That calling was reinforced by the outstanding teachers she had as a child, who made school special and showed her the positive influence of an educator for generations.

“Many times, I will dream of my old classrooms and teachers, as if it was meant for me to have those memories because I would one day use some of the same implementations in my own classroom,” she said.

Ms. Nations, over her 20 years as a kindergarten teacher, has not only carried on her former teachers’ best practices, she’s also expanded her own education and adopted new strategies and instructional technology.

One parent shares a sweet story of her very shy child’s first week in Ms. Nations’ class: “I was worried about him, so I asked, ‘Do you like Ms. Nations?’  He quickly replied, ‘No, Mommy… I love her!’  She made him feel safe and gave him the foundation he needed to be successful in school.”

In her own words: “If we teach with a servant’s heart to help others, we will not only educate students, but we also will change the lives of our fellow humans.”


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!

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