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 Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jada Hanson!
Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jada Hanson remembers when a teacher changed her life for the first time.
Her family moved to another community, and she was the new girl at school at age 9. She missed her friends and the teachers she’d always known. But she soon felt better thanks to the kindness of her new teachers, especially Ms. Long, who taught her how to find joy in reading.
Knowing firsthand the positive difference a teacher can make in a child’s life, Ms. Hanson dedicated herself to becoming not only the best teacher she could be in delivering high-quality instruction, but also in showing great care.
One former student, who now is serving in the U.S. Navy, said Ms. Hanson deserves all the gold stars. “She holds the distinction as the most influential and supportive educator from which I have had the honor of learning,” he said. “She truly sees potential in her students and strives to start a fire in their being that fosters a love a learning.”
Now beginning her 18th year as an educator, and her 16th as a fifth-grade teacher at Clayton, Ms. Hanson is a two-time Teacher of the Year winner, as well as a Golden Apple Teacher and a Fivestones Action Team Leadership Achievement Award recipient. She has earned a master’s degree in her field and numerous academic and technology certifications and is a mentor to her colleagues.
In her own words: “As students enter the door to my classroom, they will see the bright purple words ‘Choose Kindness’ lacquered to the door as a daily mindset reminder than kindness matters and is a choice.”
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.