“I applied to dozens of schools in multiple counties and could not get my foot in the door,” said Williams, who began his career at CES six years ago. “I walked into Cloverleaf and that all changed. It was the oldest school in the county, but I’ve found more success in that building than I could ever dream.
“The students, the staff and administration got what they asked for and what they asked for was no less than my best.”
Williams said he was appreciative of the other teachers in Bartow County and said while he is thankful to be selected and recognized as Teacher of the Year, he thinks all teachers nominated were deserving of the award.
The annual banquet is sponsored through donations acquired by the Bartow County Education Foundation and the meal was provided by Georgia Bank & Trust.
Each year, the foundation raises money through local businesses as well as a direct deduction program from county school paychecks to fund classroom grants to supplement instruction. The Teacher of the Year banquet is the second largest event by the foundation, with the teacher grant banquet being the largest.
“I’m telling you, the good Lord knew what he was doing when he called you into education,” Dot Frasier, executive director of the foundation, said to the teachers and administrators present for the event. “And I know that the Lord calls all good teachers. Sometimes I used to tell my staff that I thought some of them might have answered the wrong phone, but I know none of you did.”
Frasier reported this year more than $12,000 in gifts were provided to the nominees by the various contributors in the community.
Teacher of the Year nominees recognized during the banquet were Terri Mansfield of Adairsville Elementary School; Maggie Alvarez of Allatoona Elementary School; Beverly Hancock of Clear Creek Elementary School; Linda Brooks of Emerson Elementary School; Patricia Gelmini-Boyter of Euharlee Elementary School; Linda Harper of Hamilton Crossing Elementary School; Marcia Kraut of Kingston Elementary School; Lisa Bagnell of Mission Road Elementary School; Judson Smith of Pine Log Elementary School; Leisa Boulanger of Taylorsville Elementary School; Sue Acuff of White Elementary School; Marie Carney of Adairsville Middle School; Nikki Cox of Cass Middle School; finalist Christine Alderman of South Central Middle School; Christy Gollhofer of Woodland Middle School; Patrick Konen of Adairsville High School; Chuck Bohannon of Cass High School; and finalist Terry Corn of Woodland High School.