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Tiger Creek Elementary School’s Michele Cribb is named Catoosa County Teacher of the Year

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Principal David Beard devised a creative plan to surprise Michele Cribb with the announcement that she had been chosen as Catoosa County Schools Teacher of the Year. With all 5th grade students and teachers in Tiger Creek’s auditorium, Mr. Beard began discussing the school’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) initiative. He said he had asked Superintendent Reese to speak to the group about STEM. Mrs. Reese said, “I’m not here to talk about STEM. I’m here to announce that your teacher, Mrs. Cribb, has been chosen as Catoosa County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.” With her announcement, the room exploded with cheers.

Superintendent Reese said, “From Mrs. Cribb’s application, you can tell she has a passion for teaching and learning. Her goal is to help every student find their place in the world.”

According to school administrators, Mrs. Cribb makes learning relevant to the real world and she inspires students to do their best. Last year, she used a garden project to teach students about science and math. The produce from the garden was shared with families in the community, so her lesson also taught students about being good members of society. Mrs. Reese said, “This project sounds like so much fun. I’m wondering if Mrs. Cribb and her class will let me dig in the dirt with them.”

Mrs. Cribb’s application will be submitted to the Department of Education to be considered for the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year honor. Superintendent Reese said, “Mrs. Cribb is a great example of an excellent teacher. I am confident that she will represent Catoosa County well at the state level.”


Pictured L to R: Principal David Beard, Michele Cribb, Superintendent Denia Reese


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