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 2022 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jessica Million!
Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jessica Million grew up surrounded by children.
Her mother ran a home daycare program, and, as soon as Ms. Million could, she began helping the younger children around her. That experience led Ms. Million to become a babysitter, to pursue her education degree and, seven years ago, to begin her teaching career.
“I love my students’ energy,” said Ms. Million, who teaches special needs children in grades 3-5. “Every day is a different day, which keeps me on my toes. There is never a dull moment! The most rewarding part about being an educator, especially to students with disabilities, is seeing their ‘light-bulb’ moments. Witnessing a student light up with confidence in finally ‘getting it,’ whether it be an academic or social emotional success, is the reason why I come to school every day. I also get to work with the greatest team of educators -- we are more than friends, we are like a small gang!”
She also serves as a leader among her fellow teachers in roles including Professional Learning Community chair and Special Education co-team lead.
“Mrs. Million has heart,” Principal Kim Hagood said. She takes time to truly understand the most challenging students. She supports them academically and helps them develop important life skills. She is usually the first teacher in the building each day, working to prepare individualized lessons for her students. She is the one teacher they will always remember!”
In her own words: “I feel that it is important to be a teacher to build the habits and skills needed to regulate emotional control, model appropriate behaviors, and shape the minds of our children to help them to grow into outstanding young men and women.”
Special thanks to our 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.