College of Education alumna Paige Cole, a teacher at North Oconee High School, was recently named Oconee County Teacher of the Year.
Cole (AB '00, MEd '07, PhD '14) teaches U.S. history and advanced placement government. As part of the honor, she and other school-level winners received a $1,000 bonus from Oconee County Schools; Cole's recognition also includes another $2,100 from donors, a laptop and the use of a vehicle on a vacation trip.
In her 15-year career, she has also taught in Barrow County and at Athens Montessori School and Athens Technical College.
"Every student in America's public schools deserves the opportunity to be taught by someone as intelligent, talented, hardworking and passionate as Paige Cole," said North Oconee High School principal Philip Brown in a news release. "The impact she makes on our students is immeasurable."