THOMASVILLE — Cross Creek Elementary School third-grade language arts teacher Julie Scott got quite a surprise Friday when she was named Thomas County School System’s Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was made in front of some of Scott’s students by Dr. Larry Green, superintendent, and Dr. Jean Quigg, assistant superintendent.

“It’s hard to put into words,” she said. “I think this is an affirmation that teaching is what I’m supposed to do with my life. My students are the reason I do this and the reason I was honored with this award. They are wonderful and I love my job.”

Scott was Teacher of the Year for Cross Creek and was in the running for the system honor with six other teachers who won at their schools.

Those seven teachers had to complete a written application and interview with a committee of community leaders and retired educators.

Scott was chosen for the honor by her peers. She will advance to Georgia State Teacher of the Year consideration.

This award is particularly special and a shock for Scott, she said, because it is her first year teaching at Cross Creek.

Scott was a stay-at-home mom until she decided to go back to school. She was a paraprofessional at Scott and Balfour elementary schools before moving to Cross Creek.

Principal Bernice Mitchell was there to congratulate Scott on her achievement.

“She’s an exemplary teacher and you feel and see that as soon as you walk into her classroom,” said Mitchell. “She’s very enthusiastic and I think that, in turn, motivates her students. She truly believes that no child should be left behind and does whatever she can to make that happen. From the administrative perspective, she gives 100 percent to her job and is always cooperative and ready to help in any way she can.”

Scott’s students were happy but not surprised by her win.

“She’s fun and likes to create games and stories to help us,” said Kayley Tudor, 9. “If something is hard for us, she makes it easy. She’s a very fun teacher.”

Logan Potter, 9, said Scott is always there for him.

“Whenever I get upset over something she helps me and encourages me to believe that I can do it,” he said. “She’s so nice and wonderful.”

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