Bryan County Schools named Cassandra Donaldson it's Teacher of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year, school officials announced Friday.
Here's the press release:
At a surprise, early morning school faculty/staff meeting at Bryan County Middle School, Mrs. Cassandra Donaldson was recognized as the 2014-2015 Bryan County School System Teacher of the Year. Dr. Paul Brooksher, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Bradley Anderson, Assistant Superintendent, presented Mrs. Donaldson with balloons and flowers to celebrate her achievement. Dr. Michael Tinney, Principal at Bryan County Middle School, said, "Mrs. Donaldson is a dynamic teacher who focuses on quality student relationships, which translates into positive student outcomes."
Each year, one teacher is chosen from every school in the system to participate in the State of Georgia Teacher of the Year process. The Bryan County School System’s selection process began in April with nominations taken from faculty, staff, parents and the community at each school. Following the nominations, school selection committees reviewed and evaluated the submissions to choose the school winners, who were required to have a minimum of three years of teaching experience, a proven track record of increasing student achievement, and the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. Schools selected exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled individuals who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. Each school winner then submitted an application packet that mirrors the Georgia Teacher of the Year application, with several pages of narrative writing. These applications were reviewed by fellow educators and the previous Bryan County School System Teacher of the Year. All school winners participated in an interview process as part of the review and selection process.
Mrs. Donaldson has been a mathematics teacher at Bryan County Middle School since 2006. "Mrs. Donaldson has a true passion for teaching children and making a difference in their lives. With the caliber of teachers we have, it is something special to be recognized as the district-wide teacher of the year. Mrs. Donaldson is an exceptional educator who goes above and beyond each and every day," said Dr. Paul T. Brooksher, Superintendent of Schools.