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TOTY Times Two: Husband and Wife Garner Teacher of the Year Honors

Posted On: Monday, August 27, 2018

Nick and Lauren Garcia Surprised as Teachers of the Year

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating a special pair of school Teachers of the Year!


Teasley MS administrators were planning the surprise announcement for their Teacher of the Year Nick Garcia last week. When they reached out to CCSD Preschool administrators for permission to include Nick's wife Lauren, a CCSD preschool teacher, at the event, the schools discovered they had a happy coincidence on their hands -- husband and wife had both been selected as TOTY at their schools for the coming year. 


The schools worked together to surprise both spouses with the news, arranging for Lauren to be at Teasley with their family members for Nick's announcement on Friday afternoon. 


Teasley MS Principal Dr. Ben Lester surprised Nick in his classroom, along with Lauren and their children and parents, along with other Teasley MS administrators. CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower also joined them, in anticipation of the dual announcement.  While Lauren knew of Nick's honor, neither of them knew that Lauren had been selected as well, until CCSD Preschool Principal Victoria Thom and a group of preschool teachers rushed into the room with flowers and a banner for Lauren, who was clearly caught off guard by the ruse.


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Dr. Brian Hightower, left, shares a laugh with Teasley MS TOTY Nick Garcia, center, and Principal Dr. Ben Lester.

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CCSD Preschool Principal and staff surprised Nick's wife, Lauren, with her own announcement as CCSD Preschool Teacher of the Year.

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Last year's Preschool TOTY Laurie Maselli gives her successor Lauren an excited hug.

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from left, Teasley MS Principal Dr. Ben Lester, Teasley MS Teacher of the Year Nick Garcia, CCSD Preschool Teacher of the Year Lauren Garcia, CCSD Preschool Principal Victoria Thom, CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower

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Family members were on hand for the dual surprise announcement.  From Left to right: Denise Garcia, Betty House, Nick Garcia, Lauren Garcia (holding Everett Garcia, Nolan Garcia (standing in front), Sherrie Turner, John Turner, Jordan Turner.

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