The Clarke County School District names this year’s Teacher of the Year: Sean Simpson teaches social studies at Clarke Middle School. Andrea Cutts of Cleveland Road Elementary was named District Support Person of the Year.
On the CCDS website…
The Clarke County School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Sean Simpson of Clarke Middle School is its 2022-23 Teacher of the Year and Ms. Andrea Cutts of Cleveland Road Elementary School as the Support Person of the year 2022-23.
Mr. Simpson and Ms. Cutts were announced as the winners on Thursday, October 20 at the CCSD Teacher of the Year/Support Person of the Year Awards Banquet at the Center for Continuing Education in University of Georgia. The 23 Grade Level Teachers of the Year and 22 Grade Level Support Persons of the Year were celebrated at the banquet by SDCC in partnership with the Clarke County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education and the Georgia United Credit Union.
“I am honored to recognize these exceptional individuals in my first two weeks as superintendent,” said Dr. Robbie Hooker. “From our principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals to our transportation, nutrition, and custodial staff — we all need to work together to help our students succeed and drive CCSD forward.”
Winner of the Mae M. Whatley Teacher of the Year Award, Sean Simpson has been a seasoned teacher for 15 years and has worked at SDCC and Clarke Middle for 11 years. He is in his seventh year teaching seventh-grade social studies at CMS and also serves as a grade leader, mentor teacher, and district social studies curriculum writer.
“My favorite part of my job is building authentic relationships with students,” said Simpson. “I place my relationships with my students at the center of my practice.
Mr. Simpson was selected from a group of three finalists for the Teacher of the Year award who were evaluated in their classrooms by the district’s Teacher of the Year committee. Other finalists included Holly Ait from Cedar Shoals High School and Ashley Lankford from Cleveland Road Elementary.
Winner of the Janis J. Stephens Support Person of the Year Award, Andrea Cutts is head caretaker at Cleveland Road Elementary, a position she has held for five and a half years. Originally from Czechoslovakia, a former Eastern Bloc communist nation, Ms. Cutts served as a housekeeping supervisor at the University of Georgia before joining CCSD. Under Mrs. Cutts’ leadership as head custodian, Cleveland Road Elementary has earned a reputation for being among the cleanest and neatest schools in the world.
“Most people wouldn’t normally choose to be a caretaker, but for me being head caretaker is like a great miracle of life,” Ms Cutts said. “I love working around and with children. I love and enjoy what I do every day so much.
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