AHS Teacher earns state honor
Armuchee High teacher selected Georgia's top English teacher
Posted on 02/17/2014
Emily Mowery
To be really good at anything, it is usually a requirement that passion must accompany skill.  That is certainly true in teaching and is exemplified by the new top English teacher in Georgia. Emily Mowery, an advanced placement language and literature teacher at Armuchee High School, used both her skill in the classroom and a passion for teaching to propel her to the top of the list of English teachers in the state.  Mowery has been named the top English teacher of the year by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. She was presented the award at the group's annual banquet held at Callaway Gardens on Friday, February 7. 

Mowery's administrators and students glowingly talk of how she engages her students in learning by making her class interesting and seeking to turn the exploration of knowledge into a non-stop adventure.  
"I try to make learning fun for students." said Mowery. "We turned SAT prep on grammar into the game Pronoun Hoedown and the students have really responded positively." 

Mrs. Mowery's students agree that her classes are not ordinary. "She is an amazing teacher because she makes her assignments and projects interactive," commented Rachel Garland, a junior at Armuchee.  "She gives great tips on editing and you can go to her when you need help with anything."  Rachel Minard, also an Armuchee junior, agreed, "She is one of the best teachers I have had in high school." Mowery focuses on reading, analyzing, writing and discussion in her class.  She said, "I teach my students how to respond with solid evidence from the text we are studying and I focus on providing quality feedback to them regarding the evidence they present."
 
Along with her English teacher duties at Armuchee High, Mrs. Mowery also teaches a journalism class that puts together the school newspaper; she coaches the literary team, represents the school in the community project One Book, Many Voices, co-sponsors the Honors English Showcase portfolio night, and is the academic advisor for the AHS Key Club. "Mrs. Mowery finds a way to balance time for class preparation, teaching her classes, and volunteering for extra duties," said Dr. J.C. Burris, principal of Armuchee High. "She is an outstanding teacher, community leader and role model for students."