Carroll County School System Names District Teacher of the Year

(Carrollton, Ga. – October 21, 2021) Mr. John Garner from Temple High School (THS) was named the 2022-2023 Carroll County School System Teacher of the Year at the Board Meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Since joining the staff at THS in 2020, Mr. Garner has demonstrated his passion for inspiring students to engage in learning about history in a variety of ways. Under his leadership, the THS History Club was one of only five clubs to earn national recognition last year. Additionally, Mr. Garner coordinates the annual Invest 30 event to encourage community members and alumni to connect with and support THS students. He also leads the THS wrestling and cross country programs.

Tim Gribben, Principal of Temple High School stated, “Mr. Garner’s extraordinary talents extend well beyond the classroom. He has energy and enthusiasm that is contagious, and he is highly respected among his peers and students.”

Mr. Lee Burson of Central High School (CHS) was named Runner-up. Mr. Burson is a 28-year veteran educator who currently teaches Spanish at CHS.

Nominees from each school were also recognized at the celebration as well as community representatives who served as judges and sponsors for the Teacher of the Year event.

“We are very proud of Mr. Garner and Mr. Burson as well as each of this year’s nominees. They are truly deserving of the honor of representing their schools and our district as the best of the best,” stated Superintendent Scott Cowart.

Dr. Christi Teal, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources added, “What an exciting night to celebrate an amazing group of educators! We are fortunate in Carroll County to have the best, most caring teachers that carry the banner for our organization. Their dedication and hard work is what makes our district a premier choice for all students.”

Judges included: Mrs. Susan Hale, Bank of North Georgia; Dr. Jill Drake, University of West Georgia; and Mr. Jimmy Garrett, Midway Church.

Sponsors included: Edgenuity, KBS, NG Turf, Roopville Road Baptist Church, Sports Turf, Security Solutions, Southern A&E, LLC, Jill Duncan State Farm, Chuck Conerly, J&R Construction, Professional Association of Educators, Value Teachers, Kroger, Flicker and Flame, American Pie, Chick-fil-A, and Gallery Row.