Teacher of the Year
Armuchee, Coosa and Model teachers are finalists for Teacher of the Year
Posted on 09/10/2014
FinalistsThree teachers have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Teacher of the Year recognition program for Floyd County Schools. The three finalists are: Sabrina Price, an English/language arts teacher at Armuchee High School; Roy Mitchell, a teacher of Honors science at Coosa Middle School; and Dunny Blankenship, a social studies teacher at Model Middle School.

Sabrina Price
 teaches all grade levels at Armuchee High School.  She has taught for 12 years and has been at Armuchee for the last 11. Ms. Price is a graduate of Shorter College with a degree in English.  She received a masters degree in media from the University of West Georgia. "When the end goal is reached and even the most disinterested student "gets it", I find my reward in teaching," stated Price. "For me, it is all about seeing that spark that makes me confident my students will leave my classroom able to move forward as life-long learners."  Ms. Price is active at Armuchee High as the National Honors Society and Yearbook advisor, Homecoming chairperson, Relay for Life team captain and she is regularly seen at extra-curricular activities supporting the students of Armuchee.

Roy Mitchell
 teaches sixth, seventh and eighth-grade Honors science and language arts at Coosa Middle School.  He began teaching in 1991 at Cedar Bluff High School in Alabama and taught at Trion and Adairsville before coming to Coosa Middle in 2002.  Mitchel is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in secondary English and history.  He received a masters from the University of Alabama at Gadsden in English and history.  Mitchell also has a gifted endorsement to teach Honors courses. Mitchell uses a "flipped classroom" concept where he records his lectures for students to watch at home.  This gives more time for classroom activities and non-traditional assignments. "My class is probably away from their seats as much as they are in them," commented Mitchell. "I enjoy implementing tasks in the classroom like skits, games and songs to help children learn."

Dunny Blankenship is a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Model Middle School.  He has taught since 1994 and has been at Model Middle since 1996.  He has taught high school U.S. History, sociology, psychology, physical education and he has taught seventh-grade World Cultures since coming to Model Middle.  Blankenship received a criminal justice degree from Floyd Junior College, a secondary education degree from West Georgia College, a masters in secondary education social science from 
State University of West Georgia, and an educational supervision degree from Lincoln Memorial University.  Blankenship did not begin a career in education right out of school.  He spent time in yarn mill work, car sales and management, finance, home sales, he was a mail carrier and he ran his own business. He became interested in teaching after joining the United States Navy Reserve and seeing the world from a new perspective. "My variety of work experiences and travels allowed me to see the world of teaching from the outside," stated Blankenship. "Teaching enables me to see the smiles that are most important, teach positive values that society encourages and work with kids who are needier than ever before." 

The finalists were selected by a review committee made up of members of the Rome/Floyd Retired Educators Association. The committee made the selections from written applications submitted by the teacher of the year representatives from each school in the Floyd County school system. Questions asked in the application were taken from the Georgia "Teacher of the Year" application form.  The review committee will also make the final selection of Teacher of the Year for Floyd County Schools from the three finalists.

The three top teachers will continue in the selection process to determine the 2015 Teacher of the Year for Floyd County Schools. The process will include a personal interview and a classroom observation of each teacher working with students. The interviews will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Floyd County Board of Education Office on Riverside Parkway. The selection process will conclude on Wednesday, September 24 with classroom observations. 

The 2015 Teacher of the Year will be honored on October 7, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. during the regular monthly meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education. The Floyd County Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Northwest Georgia Credit Union.  

Price   Mitchell  Blankenship
Sabrina Price  Roy Mitchell  Dunny Blankenship