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 Knox ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jill Oliver!
Knox ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jill Oliver sees herself as a cheerleader for her students -- not only to boost their self-esteem, but also in hopes that they will learn to cheer for others.
Her dedication to mutual respect is as blended and embedded in her instructional style as the technology and technique she uses with great expertise. This dedication extends beyond her classroom to her colleagues, who know her as an outstanding encourager, mentor and friend. She lived and breathed #BeKind before it became a schoolwide campaign … and then she won the school’s 2019 #BeKind Award.
“Of all the things that make Jill an outstanding teacher, her kind heart and loving ways are what allow her to connect with and best teach struggling students,” a colleague shared. “The same qualities that make Jill an outstanding teacher also make her an incredible colleague.”
Now in her 14th year as an educator, Ms. Oliver teaches reading, writing and math to students who need extra support through the Early Intervention Program or the English for Speakers of Other Languages program. She has earned a master’s degree in her field and accolades for her volunteerism as a parent and as a teacher, and is a strong supporter of the school’s Make a Change Club.
In her own words: “Many of my students have known life as I have never known it. They carry burdens of neglect and hunger as well as the feeling of being unloved. Where is their hope? Their hope lies in dedicated and loving teachers. We meet their challenges every day by providing hope when seemingly there is no hope. How? We respond with love, attention, compassion and an understanding heart.”
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.