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Meet a 2023 School Teacher of the Year: Whitney Tippens of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy!

Meet a 2023 School Teacher of the Year: Whitney Tippens of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy!

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 2023 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Whitney Tippens!

R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy kindergarten teacher Whitney Tippens is guided in her classroom by nine reminders.

Look at your students.  Smile at your students.  Speak to your students.  Demonstrate model behaviors for your students.  Listen to your students.  Observe your students.  Expose your heart to your students.  Be a constant for your students.  Learn from your students.

She uses this list daily to stay focused on students’ well-being and her own “why” for teaching.  “My greatest hope as a teacher is that my students leave my classroom feeling loved, with a sincere passion for life-long learning,” said Ms. Tippens, who is in her 13th year teaching.  “Every day, I come to school with a purpose and true excitement, striving to shape my students into the best versions of themselves as individuals and students.”

Her experience makes her an outstanding teacher, but her enthusiasm, empathy and ethics are why she’s an educator beloved by students, their families and her colleagues.  “I do not believe Mrs. Tippens can not smile.  Her smile is the first thing you notice when you see her.  She is one of those people who makes everyone around her feel better about the world,” her principal shared.  “She is a leader, a motivator and a master educator.” 

In her own words: “You can witness the stress of the day melt away with a simple smile.  We do not know the situations a child faces before walking into their classroom in the morning.  Happiness and positivity are contagious.”

Special thanks to our 2023 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. 
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