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Mari Moss named Evans' top teacher

Mari Moss named Evans' top teacher

Mari Moss named Evans' top teacher

Mari Moss shows off her Evans Teacher...

      CLAXTON - At the annual back-to-school faculty breakfast, Evans County Superintendant Joy Collins named this year's County Teacher of the Year.
      Mari Moss is in her fifth year at Claxton Middle School, where she teaches 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts.
      "She does things phenomenally," said Dr. Diane Holland, school principal, just before presenting Moss with a framed certificate.
      Brooke Hendrix from the elementary echool and Betty Coleman from the high school were also named teachers of the year for their respective schools.
      Each of the three teachers had to complete an application, and responses were then scored by three anonymous judges.
      "I am thrilled, honored, and humbled to represent Claxton Middle School and Evans County as Teacher of the Year," Moss wrote in an e-mail interview with the Statesboro Herald.
      But these are not the first honors Moss has received as an outstanding educator during her 13-year career.
      She was voted Horace Mann Employee of the Month twice by her peers in the last two years.
      Moss was also named Teacher of the Year at Bryan County Middle School for 2004-2005. And she was Coastal Empire Softball Coach of the Year in 2001 and Region Softball Coach of the Year (GHSA) in 2001.
      Moss received her education at Georgia Southern University, where she earned her B.S.Ed. in Health and Physical Education and her M.S.Ed. in Reading.
      "There are connections between that meaningful learning experience, my best memories of teachers and learning throughout life, and what influenced me to be a teacher," Moss wrote in her teacher-of-the-year application.
      "I find immeasurable value in purposeful, reflective, and change-effecting collaboration," she said.
      Moss's teaching theme for the 2010-11 school year was "it takes a village." It was a theme she introduced to all of her classes at the start of the year, advocating cooperative learning.
      "I introduced the theme during a teacher read-aloud," she said, "that moved into a lesson about strategically crafting support for ideas by using explanation, examples, and figurative illustrations."
      While the village comparison surfaced throughout the year, Moss said even she was surprised when the metaphor sneaked into an end-of-the-year speech a student delivered at Honors Day.
      This student encouraged 6th graders to seek both peers and teachers "in the village of CMS" to assist them when in need, said Moss.
      "I was thrilled to hear a student endorsing teamwork independently and outside of our classroom," said Moss.

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