“Over the past four or five years Cissi Adams has become one of the leaders on our staff. She is one of the teachers everyone looks up to. We admire what she does not only in the classroom but also for the kids,” Jeff Hogan, Cartersville Middle School principal said. “The thing Cissi does that is so admirable is she takes those kids that may not have the best self-esteem and molds them like clay. She works with them and the biggest thing she does is give them some self worth and the ability to feel good about themselves.”
Adams, who teaches eighth grade language arts, is no stranger to the award. In 2008, she was selected as the CMS Teacher of the Year. However, this is first time she has been chosen as the school system’s overall teacher of the year.
School board president Linda Benton said, “It is extraordinary that this year we have two teachers who have won Teacher of the Year before. We are very, very fortunate in our community and we are so appreciative of your willingness to teach here.”
Melanie Paige is Cartersville Primary School’s awardee. Teaching is a second career for Paige, who was previously in the banking industry. In her 14th year as an educator, CPS Principal Walter Gordon said her ability to relate well to the parents is a direct influence from her years in banking and she brings real-world experience into the classroom.
Cartersville Elementary School’s honoree is Haley Wilson. “Haley is very much a curriculum leader, especially in the fourth grade level. The test scores in fourth grade have improved significantly, and I attribute that in part to the work Haley has done,” CES Principal Ken MacKenzie said.
The recipient of Cartersville High School’s award is Beth Cauthen. This is the second time Cauthen has been distinguished as Teacher of the Year during her 26-year career. CHS Principal Steve Butler said, “In all my 21 years as an educator I have never seen a teacher as dedicated as [Cauthen] to her students.”
The Cartersville Schools Foundation presented the winners with a $500 check to be used at their discretion and $500 toward professional development; however, Adams received $750 for personal use and $1,200 for staff development.