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10.23.2012

Pamela Haight (BSEd ’08) named 2012 Fulton County Teacher of the Year

Alpharetta Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Pamela Haight (BSEd ’08) will be recognized as the Fulton County School System Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 at a gala in early November.

Haight, who was first named the system’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year, and then beat two other finalists for the overall honor. Haight will be recognized with her fellow Employees and Teachers of the Year.

Haight, who earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from UGA, knows that she doesn't have the quietest class on Alpharetta Elementary’s fifth grade hall, but it is a place where students are excited to be learning.

Haight believes that students can be intrinsically motivated if learning can be made fun. She found frustration in how students struggled to learn the material in her class, yet could learn all the words from a Justin Bieber song just a day after it was released. Then she began mixing popular music with her class material and student enthusiastically began learning about parts of speech through tunes such as "The Lazy Adjective Song," a tribute to a Bruno Mars song, or "Adjectives Modify Verbs," a parody of a Willow Smith song.

In her years of teaching, Haight also discovered that students are eager to learn if they know their teacher is invested in their learning. She attends their sports games and recitals, and keeps up with former students as they move on to middle and high school. Her excitement in their success helps inspire students to push themselves and apply themselves in class.

I am inspired, just as her students are, by Haight’s unique approach to motivating and sharing knowledge with her classes. Her commitment to her students in and out of the classroom makes her a praiseworthy recipient of this prestigious honor. It is an amazing moment when children discover the joy of learning, and it appears that she has found the perfect recipe. Go Dawgs!!

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Former UGA football player gives back to the community

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Charles Johnson (M ’08), through the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF), has issued a $25,000 challenge grant to renovate the school. The challenge, which states that CFJ will donate $25,000 to match the $25,000 that the Deacons and Stewards Association raises, has been instrumental in gaining donations for the project from other organizations.

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Spotlight on a Bulldog Business: FotoIN

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