The Union Recorder


April 22, 2014

Baldwin to recognize Teacher of the Year this week

MILLEDGEVILLE — It’s time once again to honor select local educators who were chosen as candidates for the 2014 Teacher of the Year recognition.

Seven teachers will be honored for their dedication as educators at the Baldwin County Schools Teacher of the Year banquet, slated for 6 p.m. Thursday.

The event will take place in the Baldwin High School Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Baldwin County Board of Education for $5 per person.

Every year each school selects a Teacher of the Year honoree, voted on by their peers. The school winners all vie for the system-wide Teacher of the Year honor. This year’s finalists from their respective schools includes: Joan Wilson from Blandy Hills Elementary School, Kachari Davis from Creekside Elementary School, Keith Pruett from Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Jan Anderson from Midway Elementary School, Adam Argoe from Oak Hill Middle School, Stephen Turner from Baldwin High School and Maxine Woodberry from the Early Learning Center.

Joan Wilson Blandy Hills Elementary School

Wilson graduated in 1981 from Georgia College with an Early Childhood degree in education. After marriage and moving to Macon, she began work on her master’s degree in education from Mercer University. She taught for 26 years in Macon in a wide range of grades ranging from first grade through third grade. She has a son and daughter-in-law who live in Gray and another son who is serving in the United States Air Force. Currently he is stationed in Destin, Fla.

Kachari Davis Creekside Elementary School

Davis is a native of Hancock County. She is has been married for nine years and has an 8-year-old son. She has been an educator for 13 years, and has taught kindergarten, fifth grade and eighth grade subjects. She said teaching is a passion for her because “knowledge empowers individuals to be more confident, competitive and diverse.” She added that being a teacher provides her with the opportunity to encourage students to become continuous learners throughout their lives. She graduated from Georgia Military College in 1996 as an honor graduate, receiving a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education. In 2003, she attended Georgia College and received her specialist’s degree. In the same year she also received a master’s of Education in early childhood degree from Troy State University.

Most recently, she has completed coursework for Curriculum and Instructional Leadership concentration as a candidate in the Doctorate of Education program at Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Keith Pruett Eagle Ridge Elementary School

Keith Pruett grew up in Eatonton. He is married to Jennifer Pruett who teaches second grade at Creekside Elementary School. After this year, Pruett will have been teaching for seven years, all of which have been spent at Eagle Ridge. He has experience teaching first, second and third grade subject matter. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in early childhood education. Both degrees were obtained from Georgia College. In his spare time he loves to draw in pen and ink as well as paint.

Maxine Woodberry Early Learning Center

Woodberry is the daughter of Lyda Scott Woodberry and the late Mallie Woodberry. She is the second born of six girls. She grew up in Hemingway, S.C. As a child she loved to play school, she said, which helped her pursue a career in teaching. She attended Voorhees College in Denmark, S.C. where she  received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. After receiving her degree, she began teaching in Hancock County in August 1980. The first grade she taught was fifth grade. In 1983 she began working at Midway Elementary, spending 13 years there. In 1996 she began working with the Baldwin County Head Start Program. She has remained there for the duration of her teaching career, which totals 32 years.

Stephen Turner Baldwin High School

Turner grew up in Woodstock, Ga. He attended Georgia College graduating with a bachelor of arts in political science and a master of arts in teaching secondary social studies. He is married to his wife Laura and they have two sons Wyatt, 4, and Henry, 3 months. He has been employed by Baldwin High School since 2007. He said is main focus in the classroom has always revolved around empathy, creativity, social justice and cross-curricular studies. “I enjoy my job, my colleagues, and my most of all my family.”

Adam Argoe Oak Hill Middle School

Argoe grew up in a small town in south Georgia and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1997. From there he entered into the United States Army. He is an alumnus of Georgia Southern University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He is also a graduate of Troy University where he procured a master’s degree in education. He joined the Baldwin County School System in the summer 2003. Recently, he was recognized by his seventh grade students for channel 13 WMAZ’s “My Teacher is Tops.”

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