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 Knox Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Christina Parker!
Knox Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Christina Parker grew up as the daughter of an immigrant and understands the importance of helping every child to feel welcome.
Ms. Parker uses her education, experience and empathy -- from knowing what it was like for her mom, who moved to the U.S. as a teen -- in her service as a teacher for English as a Second Language and early intervention program students.
“I know firsthand the challenges these families face,” said Ms. Parker, a 16-year educator serving her third year in her current role.
Her understanding and compassion does not go unnoticed by students and their families and her colleagues. “She is an ally for our students,” a colleague said, sharing how Ms. Parker is known for so many acts of quiet kindness, such as finding winter coats for students in need. “She builds trusting relationships with students and sets high expectations for learning.”
As one of her students shared: “Mrs. Parker is the kindest teacher ever. It is impossible to count the many ways that she cares for students and other teachers.”
In her own words: “Positive relationships throughout the school are key to creating a positive school culture. Each day, I try to engage in conversations with students and teachers to show that I care. I feel that when people, young and old, know that they are cared for and valued, they want to be present.”
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.