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 River Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton!
River Ridge High School 2021 Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton is “not just an English teacher,” according to her students.
She’s an innovator, who connects Dante’s Inferno to baking a nine-layer devil’s food cake. Her willingness to listen and offer advice leads many students to affectionately call her “mom.” And she’s an advocate, who encourages her students’ success at school and in the world, whether nominating them for the prestigious Governor’s Honors program or supporting their efforts to create a poetry club.
“Sometimes, all it takes is one educator to change everything,” shared a former student, who now is studying at Yale University and plans to become an English teacher like Ms. Hamilton. “She is not just a teacher. She is the teacher. The teacher that every student hopes for, misses and loves.”
Now in her 14th year as an educator, Ms. Hamilton is not only beloved by her students, she’s also recognized by her colleagues as a model teacher and mentor and called upon to assist with developing districtwide English curriculum. A Golden Apple Award winner and 2016 Georgia English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher, Ms. Hamilton has earned bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in education as well as ESOL and Gifted certifications. She sponsors school clubs, including National Honor Society, and began a peer tutoring program that pairs struggling students with classmates willing to help them during their shared lunch period.
In her own words: “My top priority for my students is to be sure that they never feel like data points. I devote my time to learning about my students and exploring ways to meet their needs.”
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.