GSCS System announces 2014 Teacher of the Year

2013-14 Teacher of the Year

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Griffin-Spalding County School System’s 2014 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Raye Aragon. She will represent the Griffin-Spalding County School System in the state-level Teacher of the Year competition.

Mrs. Aragon has taught in Griffin-Spalding County School System since 1993. Mrs. Aragon holds a Masters Degree and is certified as both a gifted teacher and a master teacher.  Currently Mrs. Aragon teaches gifted mathematics, coordinate algebra, science, and reading at Rehoboth Middle School. In a letter of reference, Mrs. Aragon’s former student wrote “Mrs. Aragon isn’t any everyday teacher. Every year I meet new teachers. Yes, lots of the teachers are good, nice, or fun, but Mrs. Aragon is so much more than that! She’s memorable.”

Mrs. Aragon’s outstanding contributions and achievements in education include:  Teacher of the Year for both Flynt and Taylor Street middle schools; An officer and presenter of the Atlanta Math Project sponsored by Georgia State University; —Developed the 8th and 9th grade gifted curriculum and served Taylor Street Middle; School as school council chairperson; Committee member  for item review and analysis of the CRCT for the Georgia Department of Education; Committee member  for the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators standard setting study, and Member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Association for Gifted Children, Professional Association of Georgia Educators and Alpha Delta Kappa, Alpha Tau Chapter.

“What Mrs. Aragon has accomplished professionally is very impressive. She has represented this district in numerous state positions while providing exceptional instruction to her students,” said Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr., school superintendent.

At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night Mrs. Aragon said “It is an honor to be rewarded for doing something that I love.”

“I feel my greatest contributions to education have been my students, themselves, who have left my classroom with and understanding of basic concepts and problem solving skills, why we perform them, and how they connect to everyday life,” said Mrs. Aragon.

Candidates from all 18 schools completed applications and were judged. Three finalists are selected. Interviews and classroom observation with the finalists were conducted by a panel of judges, which included representatives both inside and outside of the school system, to
determine the teacher of the year.

The Georgia Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, annually recognizes outstanding public school teachers at both local and state levels. This is a prestigious award program focused on excellence in teaching.

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