“We ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, and he answers with no hesitancy a college professor; he wants to mix his love of academics with education, which is very commendable. I’m most impressed about Michael’s ability to set goals and work toward those goals. He doesn’t shrink his challenges, but pushes himself to meet them head-on,” said John Stone, Watson’s STAR Teacher. “It’s indeed been a pleasure to teach Michael over the last two years and watch him grow into the young man he is today. It’s a testament to Baldwin High School and definitely Baldwin County, and I look forward to seeing what he achieves in the years to come.”
Watson said his STAR teacher has been very inspirational in his high school career.
“Mr. Stone is that rare teacher that teaches you so much more. He shares with us his life experiences. He tells us exactly what we need to know to go out and live our lives and succeed, not just in a college classroom, but through the college experience on a college campus,” he said of Stone. “He is an excellent teacher; he motivates his students and prepares them so much more than any other teacher ever can.”
STAR students Davis Farr of John Milledge Academy and Elliot Fairbrass of GMC were each awarded with a plaque and a $500 scholarship. JMA STAR Teacher Jessica Jones and GMC STAR Teacher Dr. Linda Brown were also rewarded with plaques and $100 checks.
“I congratulate Davis and Elliot because this is an incredible accomplishment,” Watson said. “I also want to thank the Chamber and give a shout-out to every teacher I’ve ever had at Baldwin High School. They’ve all be instrumental in making me who I am.”