Elbert County teachers and administrators returned to work today to begin the 2017-2018 school year and were treated to a delicious breakfast and door prizes by the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s Teacher Appreciation Breakfast also included a new and very special program participant as long-time Georgia educator, Ms. Sylvia Hooker, delivered an inspirational address to all attendees.
Superintendent Chuck Bell, Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chris Kubas, and County Commission Chairman Tommy Lyon all touched on a common theme in their comments to teachers and staff. That theme centered around the importance of building strong relationships with students. In her address, Ms. Hooker took the topic of relationships to a new level.
Reflecting on her experiences in Hartford, Connecticut, Ms. Hooker told the crowd, “Teachers should never minimize the role they play in influencing students’ lives. They have a significant life-long impact on all of their students. We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need to do that.”
Ms. Hooker concluded her address with a tearful and passionate plea to Elbert County educators to stand firm in their resolve to embrace their diversity and lead their students to new levels of growth and achievement.
At the breakfast, 22 new teachers were introduced by principals from each of the district’s schools. Superintendent Bell called on teachers and staff to, “Harness the energy and excitement from today’s event as we move closer to becoming the school district we envision. He concluded, “When we leave here today and return to our classrooms and offices, it is not only about talking, it is about doing.”
School opens for all Elbert County students on Thursday, August 3.