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 Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Kim Harrison!
The corporate world’s loss was education’s gain when 2022 Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Kim Harrison embarked on her second career.
“After a 15-year career in corporate America, I was looking for something that was more personally fulfilling. I always felt a calling to teach and, after the birth of my son, it felt like the right time to take the leap,” said Ms. Harrison, who became a teacher 17 years ago. “Best decision ever!”
As the lead Gifted specialist serving Clark Creek students, Ms. Harrison builds relationships with students in all grades. She further expands her influence by serving as the student news crew coach and elementary math competition coach. Ms. Harrison also supports her fellow teachers through service as an instructional lead teacher and co-leader of the school’s Core STEM Committee.
“Hands down, I love being a witness to the growth and development of my students. As a homeroom teacher, I was so proud to look back at the end of the year and marvel at how much my students had changed,” she said. “Now my job, as the lead Gifted specialist, allows me to witness that over many years, which is even more miraculous.”
In her own words: “Before the pandemic, I would have said it’s important to be a teacher to show kids the world and encourage them to take the risk of exploring it. While that is still true, I would now add that it’s important to be a teacher to help kids make sense of this world. They have been exposed to so much and need trusting adults to help them navigate all that’s placed before them in a meaningful way.”
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.