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Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Patty Corneillie of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy!  

Posted On: Saturday, January 8, 2022

Patty Corneillie

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 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Patty Corneillie! 

Hundreds of former students are better readers thanks to the dedication of R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2021 Teacher of the Year Patty Corneillie.

An 18-year educator, Ms. Corneillie is in her eighth year as an early intervention program teacher, focusing her expertise and enthusiasm on guiding struggling readers to success.  An advocate of reading independence, Ms. Corneillie develops lessons using research based instructional strategies in small group settings, monitored through biweekly assessments to gauge progress and adjust tactics.  She pairs this approach with the Reading Buddies program she began seven years ago at Canton Elementary School and brought with her to R.M. Moore.

Through Reading Buddies, first graders who need additional support pair up with an older student, including fifth-graders and students from neighboring Reinhardt University, or a community volunteer.  In the morning before classes begin, the pairs meet up for the first grader to read a book, selected by Ms. Corneillie to assist in their reading skills development, to their Buddy.  After reading 10 books, the student earns an incentive donated by community partners.  Not only does the program build enthusiasm for reading, but it also has led to increases in students’ reading levels and reading comprehension scores … and the program since has been duplicated in other CCSD schools.

Her excellence as a master reading teacher and dedication in developing Reading Buddies is complemented by her devotion to mentoring new teachers.  “She believes in building meaningful relationships with everyone she meets,” her Principal shared.  “She is loved by her students, respected and adored by her colleagues and admired by her administrative team.”   

In her own words: “My vision is that, through reading success, the doors to every child’s future will open.”

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. 

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