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 2021 Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Teacher of the Year Christy Cook!
Oak Grove Elementary School officially made its transition from Fine Arts Academy to STEAM Academy this school year, and 2021 Teacher of the Year Christy Cook helped lead that change.
The 15-year teacher took on her current role as the school’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) lab teacher five years ago, and during that time has educated her students and colleagues about the connections between the arts and the sciences.
“Her dedication and commitment to growing the STEAM culture of our school is like no other,” her Principal shared, adding this complements her talents as a classroom teacher. “Her ability to connect, motivate and inspire each of her students proves she possesses the key qualities of an effective and authentic educator.”
Ms. Cook succeeds by seeking real-world problems and giving students the opportunity to “help them see they can be a part of real solutions.” One example: the “Trash to Treasure” lesson that tasks students with identifying how they can reduce their impact on Earth’s resources. Students collect recyclables, craft new products from them - like crocheting plastic into a purse, then create iMovies to advertise their products.
In her own words: “My greatest contribution to education has been to instill in students a curiosity for learning and show them mistakes are meant to be made, learned from and worked on. Allowing students to ‘fail safely’ helps them build their sense of perseverance when attending to a task.”
Special thanks to our 2021 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.