It was overwhelming. It was emotional. It was the announcement of Teacher of the Year for Bryan County Schools.
The 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year for the district is Catherine Warren, who teaches science at Richmond Hill Middle School and will be entering her fourth year in the local school district and her 22nd year teaching.
"This is a great, tremendous honor," Warren said after the announcement was made during the Welcome Back Certified Staff Meeting Tuesday. "Any one of these teachers deserves this award."
Superintendent Dr. Sallie Brewer said Warren is "very respected" by the staff and administrators and, while she didn’t know Warren that well before this year, she has enjoyed the chance to get to know her better.
"When the school district was smaller, I used to have the opportunity to interview all the teachers," Brewer said. "I got to know more about Mrs. Warren when I was at RHMS for the SACS review in the fall last year. Principal (Helen) Herndon invited me to stay for the Teacher of the Year announcement."
Brewer said learned a lot about Warren a little bit better by hearing all the great things her peers had to say about her.
When Warren was announced as the Teacher of the Year for RHMS, her family was present and the school called Warren’s mother to get her on speakerphone for the announcement.
"It was so important to her, to have all of her family involved," Brewer said. "She is very quiet and professional and she is a great asset to our schools."
Warren said each year she just tries to do her best.
"It’s all about the children," said Warren, who taught both science and social studies last year. Of only teaching one subject this year, "I have a hard time letting go but I’m always looking forward to a new year and new students," she said.
Next on her agenda was making some phone calls.
"Right now, no one knows," Warren said Tuesday morning. "I can’t wait to tell my family and call my mom!"