Kimberly Cooney, named High School Teacher of the Year by Fulton County Schools, confesses that she never wanted to be a teacher when growing up, and while in high school, she only volunteered as a summer school teaching assistant to get some résumé material for her college applications.
But something happened that summer and the experience ended up changing her life. “I later realized that it wasn’t the teaching that was powerful; it was the learning,” Cooney said. And now, years later, she has found her calling as an English teacher at .
“There is no greater way to engage with the world than through teaching. My students and I wrestle with some of the most challenging issues together. We talk, we argue, we disagree sometimes, but my goal is that every person who leaves my classroom at the end of the year be a changed human being – and that includes me.”
Meanwhile, Pamela Haight from Alpharetta Elementary School is the district’s Overall Teacher of the Year, and Barbara Bell from Ridgeview Charter School was named Middle School Teacher of the Year.