Ryan Satterfield earns Bartow's Teacher of the Year honors
by Matt Shinall
Oct 29, 2010 | 2850 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High School’s Ryan Satterfield makes remarks after being  named Bartow County Schools’ Teacher of the Year Thursday night at the Cartersville Country Club. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Ryan Satterfield, a 12-year veteran in the Bartow County School System, now teaches at his alma mater Cass High School where he was named 2010 Teacher of the Year before being named countywide Teacher of the Year at Thursday's awards banquet.

Satterfield was one of three finalists for the honor; Beth Glover of Allatoona Elementary School and Heather Hester of Woodland High School also were up for the district award.

Their fellow Teacher of the Year honorees were Kristin Mondich, Adairsville Elementary; David Sexauer, Adairsville High; Shane Grant, Adairsville Middle; Rhonda Craig, Cass Middle; Carla Bowen, Clear Creek Elementary; Kendall Payne, Cloverleaf Elementary; Jennifer Clements, Emerson Elementary; Erin Gough, Euharlee Elementary; Sarah Daniell, Hamilton Crossing Elementary; Kay Jacobs, Kingston Elementary; Sha Ristroph, Mission Road Elementary; Kelly Martin, Pine Log Elementary; Pam How, South Central Middle; Julie Bingham, STARS Pre-K; Jen Konen, Taylorsville Elementary; Jennifer Martin, White Elementary; and Marianne Pomponio, Woodland Middle.

As Bartow County Schools' Teacher of the Year, Satterfield will be the district's nominee for the State Teacher of the Year honor. Last year's recipient Perry Rentz of Cass Middle School was among the top 10 candidate's for the statewide award.

Each Teacher of the Year was announced and given a plaque for their accomplishments in the classroom as an excerpt written by each teacher was read. Those being recognized summed up their philosophy into a brief statement, as Satterfield accepted his award for Cass High Teacher of the Year these words were read:

"Students can learn if they are taught. I focus on student learning and not teacher teaching. Produce, create, generate, construct: these are the focuses for student success. Give students ownership of their learning combined with a non-threatening environment where learning is social, and guess what takes place," Satterfield wrote.

After the announcement was made for the district award, Satterfield was received with a standing ovation. His words after the banquet reflect the admiration he holds for his fellow teachers.

"To be recognized amongst your peers is a great, great honor and to know how many professionals we have in Bartow County and then to be recognized not only as a finalist in your building but then as a finalist in the district then to eventually win it -- it's just a very, very great honor and a very rewarding experience," Satterfield said.

Cass High Principle Michael Nelson expressed his pride for Satterfield's achievement and the honor it brings to their entire school.

"It's just a great honor on behalf of the school. Ryan is a graduate of Cass High School as well so to see one of our own and the job that he does on a daily basis to be recognized is a true honor for him, for us the school and for our students as well. He's a tremendous leader and does an excellent job for us," Nelson said.

Satterfield noted that a number of Cass High teachers call the school their alma mater as he explained the strong familial bonds that exist between them.

"Cass is home, of course I bleed blue and gold. I did spend four years at Adairsville, which was a remarkable, remarkable experience for me. But coming back to Cass, like I said, it's home," Satterfield said, adding that at least a dozen graduates are now teaching at Cass. "It's really great to walk the old halls you use to walk. We're moving into the new building, which will be a new chapter for Cass High School in January. We're really looking forward to that but it certainly will be different."

As a business education and computer science teacher, Satterfield finds inspiration in enabling students to learn giving them the ability to grow. It is the growth of students that motivates him to teach.

"The motivation is watching the kids grow, nine through 12 and watching them succeed after high school, but you really watch some of them grow on a daily basis," Satterfield said. "Watching kids say, 'Aha, I get it' -- that never gets old."