UGA early childhood teacher candidate mentors are finalists for Clarke County’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year

UGA early childhood teacher candidate mentors are finalists for Clarke County’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year

News from the Office of School Engagement

September 29, 2017

Lindsey Arize, a first grade teacher at J. J. Harris Elementary  School and the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and Andrea Rowe, a first grade teacher at Whit Davis Elementary, were selected as two of the three finalists for Clarke County School District’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.  These two outstanding teachers have served as mentor teachers for UGA teacher candidates in the Early Childhood Program for many years.

“It is a luxury to have both Mrs. Arinze and Mrs. Rowe as Mentor Teachers for our Early Childhood Candidates,” said Dr. Bob Capuozzo Early Childhood Education program coordinator and Professor-in-Residence at J. J. Harris Elementary School. “Both are exceptional teachers and teacher educators. I know that any candidates placed in their classrooms will be well-prepared.”

Arize earned her B.A. from UGA and her M.A. from Piedmont College before she began teaching at J. J. Harris. She mentored her first UGA teacher candidate in spring 2014 and has consistently mentored teacher candidates ever since.

Arize had a profound impact on preparing Emily Bradbury, a recent COE graduate, to become a teacher. “Teaching requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and passion. Mrs. Arize showed me first-hand what a teacher of this standard looks like. I have been able to use many of the lessons and routines we created together. From her mentoring, I was able to confidently enter into my teaching career.

After earning both her B.A. and M.A. from the UGA College of Education, Rowe became a teacher at Whit Davis and has been actively mentoring UGA teacher candidates for eight years. Current Early Childhood Program teacher candidate Alex Garmon is not surprised about Rowe becoming a finalist for Teacher of the Year.

“Mrs. Rowe makes a point to know every one of her students on a personal level. She knows the abilities of each student and pushes them to do their best. Since my very first day, she has encouraged me to take an active role in teaching. She welcomes my ideas and provides honest feedback on my progress as an aspiring teacher. I have been fortunate to be placed with such a wonderful and hard-working mentor teacher!” Garmon said.

Jasmine Mustaffa, a COE graduate who Rowe previously mentored said, “There are countless students, parents, colleagues, student teachers, and community members in Athens that she has positively affected during her years with CCSD. She made my love for teaching grow tremendously and she is so deserving of the highest recognition there is!”

Greg Huberty, a teacher at Cedar Shoals High School, was named the 2017-18 Clarke County School District Teacher of the Year.