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CES teacher receives GACTE Mentor Teacher Award
Cali Jones

Carrollton Elementary School teacher Nancy Smith was chosen as a recipient of the Mentor Teacher Award for her work with the University of West Georgia. She is one of nine teachers from around the state who was recognized by the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education for their work in coaching future teachers. 

Carrollton Elementary School teacher Nancy Smith was recognized by the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education on Nov. 18 as a recipient of the Mentor Teacher Award. Only eight other teachers in the state were selected as awardees. Pictured from left are Dr. Mike Dishman, dean of the University of West Georgia’s College of Education; Dr. Laura Smith, associate dean of the University of West Georgia’s College of Education; Karen Wild, director of school improvement at Carrollton City Schools; Nancy Smith, Carrollton Elementary School teacher; Jeff Smith, Nancy’s spouse; and Carrollton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Albertus.

“I feel honored to be recognized for something I love to do,” said Smith. “I love to help young teachers, whether they are just about to enter the profession or are in their early years of teaching.”

In addition to fulfilling their prime obligations as an educator, each teacher selected for this honor has also served as a mentor to the upcoming generation of Georgia teachers. These mentor teachers model, instruct, encourage, and invest in the development of future teachers.

Karen Wild, director of school improvement at Carrollton City Schools, said Smith is more than deserving of this recognition.

“Nancy is an intelligent, caring, and hardworking professional who values supporting others,” said Wild. “Her expertise in instruction coupled with her exceptional people skills enable her to facilitate the development of educators in interacting with ideas and other people.”

The award is co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). 

Smith reflected on the early years of her teaching career.

“I had an incredible mentor during my first year of teaching,” she said. “I feel like it is part of my job as a seasoned teacher to pay it forward now. I hope I can help make those first few years of teaching a bit less overwhelming!”

Record number of CHS students to compete for Governor's Honors
Cali Jones

Following an extensive application and interview process, 15 Carrollton High School students have been nominated to compete at the state level for Governor’s Honors, setting a record for the most students selected to compete in the next round. 

Fifteen CHS students have been named the school-level nominees for the Governor’s Honors Program. Pictured bottom row from left are Kameron Smith, Wright Roenigk, Ben Cleek, Sarah Scholl, Madelyn Cook, Kieran Kelly, Lydia Baldizon, and Laney Quinn. Pictured top row from left are Fabricio Hernandez, Kai Remshagen, Drew Johnson, Connor Haley, Joseph Ivey, Gretchen Ellerbee, and Zooey Bush.

The Governor’s Honors Program, known as GHP, is a four-week residential summer program for gifted and talented rising high school juniors and seniors. Students who attend public, private, and home schools are eligible for nomination in one of 20 subject areas.

The nominees this year are Lydia Baldizon, Zooey Bush, Ben Cleek, Madelyn Cook, Gretchen Ellerbee, Conner Haley, Fabricio Hernandez, Joseph Ivey, Drew Johnson, Kieran Kelly, Kai Remshagen, Wright Roenigk, Sarah Scholl, Kameron Smith, and Laney Quinn. Lydia and Zooey will compete in Theatre, Fabricio in Visual Arts, Gretchen and Laney in Dance, Conner in Instrumental Music, Joseph and Kai in Computer Science, Kameron in Engineering, Wright and Ben in Social Studies, Sarah and Drew in Science, and Madelyn and Kieran in Communicative Arts.

These students will now prepare for state, which also includes an application and personal interview process. GHP finalists will be announced next spring and the program will be held June 18 through July 15 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

Carrollton High School has a strong legacy of producing competitive GHP candidates. Last year, nine of the 10 nominees cleared the next hurdle to be named semi-finalists. Of that cohort, six were named finalists and attended the program. Five current seniors achieved finalist status: Belle Esslinger, Isabel Keller, Serena McGuinn, Ella Barden and Mark Zimmer. Two now juniors, Tyler Ou and Edward Kenyon, also were selected. Each earned the opportunity in specific areas of study: Isabel, Communicative Arts; Tyler and Serena, Dance; Belle, Ella and Edward, Science; and Mark, World Languages, specifically Spanish.

CHS senior Hailey Jackson earns first place, Best in Show in art competition
Julianne Foster

Competition awards include
cash prize, scholarship

A Carrollton High School senior continues to be recognized for her artistic talents, with her latest awards including a first place honor and Best in Show, presented at the Hughston Foundation Art Gala Nov. 10. 

CHS art teacher Jake Richardson said Hailey Jackson is the most talented student he has taught in his 17 years of teaching, noting her continued accolades are also a result of her insightful creativity and attention to detail.

“I am so appreciative of her hard work and willingness to put her artwork out there,” said Richardson. “Hailey's future is bright in the visual arts and beyond.”

The Hughston Foundation competition, supporting the renowned Houston Clinic in Columbus,  “unmasks the exciting world of art and science,” according to its website. This competition is familiar to Hailey, who picked up a second place honor last year.

This year’s awards include a cash prize of $1,500 for earning first place at the high school level and a $1,000 scholarship to Columbus State University. For her Best in Show honor, her painting will be displayed at the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus in December.

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