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Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Bonnie Jackson of Dean Rusk Middle School!

Posted On: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dean Rusk MS toty 2019

Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Bonnie Jackson and Principal Dawn Weinbaum.

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Jackson!

Bonnie Jackson is a teacher’s teacher.  

She earns the highest praise from colleagues: they want their own children in her language arts classes at Dean Rusk Middle School.  Teachers also want to learn from her.  And they name her Teacher of the Year.

“Bonnie is what all teachers strive for – an advocate for children, who will never settle for second-rate,” a colleague said.  “She gives her best and insists upon that from all around her.”

For the past eight years as an educator, Ms. Jackson has not only honed her excellent instructional skills, but also an important point of view on how she should define and recognize success.

“Achievement is not always about the high marks,” she said. “Achievement looks like students coming back to visit on a random morning.  Achievement looks like a group of 40-plus students huddled around a teacher on ‘The Hill’ at a Friday night football game because they know she cares about them and their success.  Achievement is knowing you made a difference in the life of a child, regardless of what it looks like on paper.

In her own words: “Connecting students globally starts with connecting students personally.”

Special thanks to our "Legacy Makers" Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton!

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