Linda Fix, a Southeast Bulloch High School English teacher, was named Bulloch County’s top instructor during a brief reception Thursday.
The veteran teacher was humbled and at a loss for words after being selected from among the Bulloch County school system’s 15 school teachers of the year.
When Superintendent Charles Wilson named Fix the 2016 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year, her principal, Donna Clifton, hugged her before Fix walked up to the lectern to accept her award.
“I teach with so many great educators, and I have enjoyed teaching with many great educators for all of my 13 years at Southeast Bulloch High School,” Fix said to the audience in the cafeteria of the William James Education Center before the school board meeting Thursday evening. “And I’m fortunate to work with children that make me look good as a teacher. So, Teacher of the Year is sort of the sum of what they will allow you to do with them.”
The last two Bulloch County teachers of the year were Langston Chapel Middle School instructors. Jemelleh Coes, an eighth-grade special education teacher, went on to become the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Music teacher Lawanda Allen was the 2015 county winner.
The 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be named at a banquet in spring 2015. That winner will represent the state in the 2016 National Teacher of the Year competition.
Before Fix was named Bulloch County’s winner, each school teacher of the year was asked to walk to the front of the cafeteria with her principal. When Wilson introduced Fix during this portion of the program, he read a statement from one of her former students.
“Although my time spent in the classroom with Mrs. Fix totaled only one school year, her guidance and instruction has and will continue to carry me far beyond the classroom,” the student’s statement says.
Before starting at SEB, Fix spent seven years teaching at Bryan County High School. Fix is a Metter native and received her bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees from Georgia Southern University.
In a brief interview after winning the award, Fix reiterated that her recognition was a reflection of her students and fellow teachers at SEB. She also said she appreciated any positive attention teachers can get in this day and age.
“I think that having an award like this is really important for teachers,” she said. “Teachers currently have sort of a bad reputation. If we do something, if we make a mistake, we will make the news. And so to have something like this that says, ‘Hey, we do have good teachers, too, people who are working very hard in their field,’ I think it’s very important, very motivating, especially for younger teachers coming into this field.”
Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.