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Posted On: Monday, November 4, 2019

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Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, left, Woodstock MS 2019 Teacher of the Year Heidi Bentle and recently retired Principal David Childress.

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Woodstock Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Heidi Bentle!

As a child, Heidi Bentle dreamed of becoming an inventor – learning how things work, taking them apart and reassembling them to make them better.  

After a presentation in the eighth grade, Ms. Bentle’s teacher asked if she planned to become a teacher because “when you teach, people learn.”

As a seven-year Woodstock Middle School teacher, she does both.  Ms. Bentle teaches, but she also invents opportunities, with a focus on students who need school to work better for them.

Because of this mindset, the former science and social studies teacher is now the school’s first drama teacher and drama club advisor … opportunities created to better serve students.

“Through Heidi’s efforts,” a colleague shared, “she has created a dedicated community of students, who now feel like they belong and are valued.  They get to shine, whether it is onstage, creating the sets, publicizing the performance or working the lighting sequences.  She’s bringing students together in a way that they enjoy and thrive.” 

In her own words: “School culture is one of the most important aspects in education … and school culture begins in the classroom.”   

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!

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