Heard named city schools' teacher of the year

Pat Donahue/Times-EnterpriseThomasville City Schools' teacher of the year for 2020-21 Denise Heard displays her award, alongside THS Principal Brian Beaty.

THOMASVILLE — Thomasville High School’s Denise Heard was named the Thomasville City Schools teacher of the year Tuesday afternoon.

Heard teaches English and world history at THS, and she also serves as an instructional leader. Heard has been with the city schools system since 2015.

“Ms. Heard wears many hats,” said THS Principal Brian Beaty in his support of her candidacy. “Ms. Heard works to build relationships and connections with her students. She’s honest with them, even if it means they don’t get the answer they thought they wanted. She believes students simply want to know someone cares, and she hopes students look back on their time with her and remember her as a teacher who genuinely cared for their well-being.

“Ms. Heard is a skilled teacher who cares deeply about her students and co-workers. She gives selflessly to us all. Students should not be surprised to see her show up at their home or their job when they miss too many days of school and give them a hug when they return. We are fortunate to have her at Thomasville High School.”

The system’s teachers at the respective schools were:

• Harper Elementary School — Raquel Lundy, first grade teacher

• Jerger Elementary School — Natalie Burton, pre-K teacher

• Scott Elementary School — Latanya Bennett, fifth grade teacher

• MacIntyre Park Middle School — Lori Sumner, eighth grade science teacher

• Scholars Academy — Jonathan Ariail, science teacher

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