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Stephens named Teacher of Year

Teacher of year

     Pickens County Teacher of the Year Carrie Stephens, pictured here with her husband, Paul. Stephens is a math teacher at Pickens High School and will represent Pickens County in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition later this year.


By Larry Cavender

Progress Contributor


Several of Pickens County's finest teachers were honored Monday night at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet held at the Appalachian Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper.

From a group of six teacher of the year nominees, each representing their own respective schools, Carrie Stephens of Pickens High School was selected as the system's 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year.

A math teacher, Stephens enjoys sharing with students her creative ways to remember math concepts. She adds that students often say they can't do math usually because they lack self-confidence, yet she does not allow her students to use that excuse, but guides them to say, "I don't get it, yet."

Other teacher of the year nominees include: Stephanie Grisham of Harmony Elementary School; Abby Tippens with Hill City Elementary; Jessica Bryan from Tate Elementary School; Eileen Steinhauer of Jasper Middle School; and, Laurie Guelcher, Pickens Junior High School. Turn to Page 13A for a group photo of all the nominees.

Ms. Stephens will now compete later this year for Georgia State Teacher of the Year honors.