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Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Paige Chandler of Johnston ES!

Posted On: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Johnston- Paige Chandler

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 Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Paige Chandler!

Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Paige Chandler teaches in the “heart” of the school: the media center.

A six-year educator, Ms. Chandler began her career as a third-grade teacher before finding a new calling last school year as a media specialist.

And it’s a true calling, according to her students and colleagues, who say she shines in her new role.  “You would never have known it was Ms. Chandler’s first year as a media specialist,” Principal Laura Akers said.  “She exemplifies what it means to be an innovative educator.  She is a natural leader, who leads by example through encouragement, a teamwork attitude and compassion for others.”

As media specialist, Ms. Chandler teaches classes, from all grade levels, lessons on topics including digital citizenship.  She created Makerspace labs in the media center, where she leads students in STEAM (STEM plus the arts) hands-on projects.  She supports teachers with blended learning strategies to use technology effectively in lessons.  She helps students find just the right book – and always makes them feel welcome.

“She has rocked this librarian thing,” shared one of her students, who also had Ms. Chandler as a third-grade teacher.  “She prepares lessons that have and always will be fun and educational.  When I am having a bad day or need someone to talk to, I know I can go to her.”
In her own words: “I aspire to create student-centered learning environments, with an emphasis on exploration and discovery, where each student can use their unique skills to be successful.” 

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. 


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