Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Woodstock High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Derek Engram and Principal Mark Smith.
Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Woodstock High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Dr. Derek Engram!
Woodstock High School history teacher Dr. Derek Engram has seen many successes over his career.
The 21-year teacher, who holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education, has taught many Advanced Placement students who have earned perfect scores. He’s coached golfers to State tournaments and earned Coach of the Year honors. He takes on challenges like forming a school debate team and guiding students to serve as mentors. And his colleagues named him their Teacher of the Year.
But the biggest honor, according to Dr. Engram and the colleagues who admire him for it, is being named – year after year – as Woodstock High School students’ favorite teacher.
“This,” one colleague said, “shows his commitment to creating a positive classroom environment that fosters community and mutual respect for every student.”
As one former student, who describes herself as “lucky” to be in his class, said: “He cares about every student who walks through his door, only wanting to make them succeed, not just in his class, but in life.”
In his own words: “The student connections that I have made over my career are my greatest accomplishments in education.”
Special thanks to our "Legacy Makers" Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton!