Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, River Ridge High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Katie Freeman and Principal Dr. Kerry Martin.
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 River Ridge High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Katie Freeman!
River Ridge High School teacher Katie Freeman specializes in a subject that many students may find intimidating: Honors and AP Chemistry.
But Ms. Freeman is just the right teacher for those students, as she overcame learning disabilities as a child and worked hard to succeed in school and then at college, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in secondary science education.
“One of my favorite experiences is finding those students who want to be challenged but are unsure of themselves; the ones who are not the stereotypical Honors or AP-level students, but who are willing to work and are wanting to learn,” the nine-year teacher said. “I love being able to fuel my students’ passion for science and watch them realize they are capable of so much more than they realize.”
Her former students praise her for creating a classroom where they could try, fail and try again: “Her classroom serves as a ‘safe space’ for all her students, and she seeks out students who seem to struggle… she still serves as a valuable resource and mentor for those of us who have graduated.”
In her own words: “My students are encouraged to follow their dreams. They learn they are capable of the hard work necessary to be successful, and many go on to not only follow their dreams but reach their dreams.”
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!