Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy McCravy and Principal Penny Valle.
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 Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy McCravy!
Amy McCravy is a “top draft pick” teacher – when she’s interested in a job, there’s no one a Principal wants more.
The 12-year educator, who has served as a fourth-grade English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy for the last seven years and who this school year joined Clayton ES, has earned that MVP status for her dedication to improving her craft for the benefit of both her students and her colleagues.
She’s especially gifted, colleagues said, at creating integrated arts lessons that bring history to life for her students, such as her Ellis Island unit focused on immigration in the 1920s. Students live the experience of an immigrant from that era – researching their lives and their experiences, creating fictional characters for themselves based on that research and chronicling their stories in journals, and then spending a day in a reenactment of Ellis Island at their school. They “truly connect,” she said, to the story of immigrants.
In her own words: “Students not only master their understanding of a major event in United States history, but also develop a connection to something bigger than them, and this is what will stay on their hearts and at the forefront of their minds as they go on to become our future. This is the part that is impactful, the part that is lasting, the part that makes a difference.”
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!