​​​​​​​Greene County High School teacher wins Teacher of the Year for the district

2018 TOTY with BOE – Greene County Schools Teacher of the Year Megan Hollingsworth poses for a picture with members of Greene County Board of Education (l-r) Joe Bashore, Greene chairman Michael Lynch, Megan Hollingsworth, GCSS Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston and vice-chair Velicia Cobb.

 

Greene County School System school-level Teachers of the Year include (l-r)) Isaac Givens, Anita White Carson Middle School TOTY; Lisa Horton, Greene County CBJ Preschool TOTY; Megan Hollingsworth, Greene County High School TOTY; Justin Brown, Greensboro Elementary School TOTY and Kasey Ross, Union Point STEAM Academy TOTY.

 

 

Greene County High School teacher Megan Hollingsworth was overjoyed to hear her name called as the district’s Teacher of the Year by Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Houston. Houston gave Hollingsworth a hug before presenting her with the Teacher of the Year plaque.

Hollingsworth, a multicultural and AP literature teacher, has taught at the high school for two years. Prior to coming to work in Greene County, she taught a variety of courses at Alcovy High School in Covington for 10 years.

Hollingsworth’s philosophy of teaching is simple: Whatever you do, you must make learning relevant and viable to your students.

“I continually look for ways to reach and encourage my students both as a group and as individual learners, and I continually look for ways to improve my own knowledge,” Hollingsworth said. “My goal is to build young thinkers and citizens who are confident and successful as they venture into college and careers, and I have found that challenging my students while addressing their specific needs helps to create success which they might not have even dreamed possible before my class.”

Hollingsworth earned her Bachelor’s degree in theater and English from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in English education from Georgia State University.

Outside of school, she is happily married to her husband, Chip, with whom she enjoys managing a menagerie of talented pets as well as traveling, singing and fighting for social justice.

In addition to recognizing the district’s Teacher of the Year, Superintendent Houston along with each school’s principal also honored each school-level Teacher of the Year (TOTY). This year’s Teachers of the Year were Lisa Horton, Greene County CBJ Preschool TOTY, Justin Brown, Greensboro Elementary School TOTY, Isaac Givens, Anita White Carson Middle School TOTY and Kasey Ross, Union Point STEAM Academy TOTY.

Horton, a special education teacher for Preschool, has spent 10 years in the teaching profession and more than 20 years serving children and adults with special needs. She is a 1984 graduate of Patterson High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and a 1989 Towson State University bachelor of science graduate. After completing her master of science degree in education in 2013, Horton was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society, and returned to school to complete her specialist in education degree in educational leadership in 2017 through the Greene County School System.

She is happily married to Kent. Their family of five includes her mom, Daisy Daniel, and four children, Iesha, Brianna, Kent Jamal and Jonathan.

Horton was a participant of the 2011-2012 (GLISI) Georgia Leader Institute for School Improvement cohort. During the 2016-2017 school year, she participated in the Greene County Summer Leadership Retreat: “Learning and Leading the Greene Way.” She has received numerous agency and departmental awards for her service to enhance the daily lives of individuals with disabilities through her performance, actions and commitment. During Horton’s teaching career, she has received the Program for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year Award, perfect attendance awards from 2010-2012, 2012-2013 Title I School Achievement Award and 2015-2016 Distinguished Certificate of Achievement for Great Student Learning Objective (SLO) gains.

Brown is a native of Greensboro and a product of the Greene County School System. He attended the University of West Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business education. He then earned a master’s degree from Troy University with a focus in adult education. Brown currently teaches fifth grade mathematics at Greensboro Elementary School. Previously, Brown taught for five years at Anita White Carson Middle School, where he served as a business teacher and mathematics teacher.

In addition to being an elementary school teacher, Brown serves as a tutor to nontraditional college students, a mentor and the track and field coach for both the middle and high school programs. He also serves as an advisor to the Greene County Junior Leadership Academy. Brown is a member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM) and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). He also attends Stronghold Christian Church, where he participates in young adult and music ministries.

 

Givens graduated from Piedmont College in 2014, with a bachelor's degree in middle grades education with a concentration in science and social studies.

This school year marks Givens’ fourth year teaching at Anita White Carson Middle School as well as his third year coaching boys basketball at the middle school.

Outside of teaching and coaching, Givens enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as attending sporting events and exploring the great outdoors.

Ross holds a bachelor’s degree from Piedmont College in early childhood education, a master’s of education degree in early childhood education from Georgia College and State University and an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College. In January, Ross will begin the School Leadership certification program through Valdosta State University as part of the Greene County Leadership Academy.

Ross has taught for 13 years, with 11 of those years at Union Point STEAM Academy. She taught third grade in Newton County before coming to Greene County. Currently, she serves as the EIP teacher for kindergarten, third and fifth grades. While at UPSA, Ross has also taught fourth grade math, first grade and second grade. Ross serves on the school’s leadership team and is the PBIS team leader for UPSA. She also serves as a mentor coordinator, after school program coordinator and an active member of the school’s PTO.

Each school-level Teacher of the Year received a plaque during the Teacher of the Year Reception held Oct. 30 in the Greene County Preschool cafeteria.

As the GCSS Teacher of the Year, Hollingsworth will represent the county and compete for the title of Georgia Teacher of the Year.

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