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June 28, 2013

Former Teacher of the Year leaves behind legacy



Erin Smith, also a fellow Creekside second-grade teacher, had the privilege of observing Amason teach while she was in college.

“I was in awe, at that time, of her energy and focus on her students. Luckily, when I began my teaching career, I was able to teach with Debbie, and I was still amazed by her love and interest in her students. Many teachers loose their joy and excitement after years of teaching, but Debbie never tired of the wonderment of her students,” Smith said. “I’ve spent my 16 years of teaching seeing Debbie almost daily and continued to be amazed and encouraged by her energy and happy spirit. Debbie has impacted thousands of children and adults during her brief time with us and her love of education and children will be felt for years to come.”

A native of Elgin, Ill., Amason graduated from Newton High School in 1980 and pursued her education further at Truett-McConnell, a Southern Baptist four-year college in Cleveland, Ga., where she graduated in 1982. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Georgia College in 1985.

Amason began her teaching career at the Wilkinson County Board of Education where she worked until moving to Baldwin County schools in 1990.

She taught local kindergarten students for more than 20 years, first at West End Elementary and then at Creekside Elementary, which replaced West End and Northside Elementary when the two schools merged in 1999.

Amason worked tirelessly as Creekside’s Relay for Life school coordinator as well as working on school and county committees. Her love and dedication to her teaching profession earned her two Baldwin County Teacher of the Year titles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Newberry, and was a member of Hardwick Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Clint Amason and Ethan Amason, both of Milledgeville; her mother, Alice Newberry of Milledgeville; two brothers Michael Newberry and James Newberry; and a special friend Tony Wells of Milledgeville. 

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