Candler's 2016 Teacher of the Year

L-r: Randall Walker, MHS Teacher of the Year; Jessica Walker, MMS Teacher of the Year; Jill Vining, MIS and Candler County Teacher of the Year; and Laura Lott, MES Teacher of the Year.

Metter Intermediate School 3rd grade reading, ELA and writing teacher Jill Vining was named 2016-17 Candler County Teacher of the Year during the annual celebration and announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

The event began with Metter High School JROTC presenting the colors. Superintendent Dr. Bubba Longgrear followed with a welcoming speech. 

Following the warm welcome, Jennifer Lewis, last year’s Teacher of the Year, spoke on what it means to be a teacher. 

The invocation was given by Logan Powell, a member of the Black Tie Tiger Club, which served at the event. Dinner was catered by Bevricks Char House Grill.

Following dinner, Dr. CaDeisha Cooper spoke about the qualities of a great teacher. Afterwards, a video presentation by the Metter High School video production team highlighted the four candidates for Teacher of the Year. 

For Metter Elementary School, Laura Lott was the candidate. Metter Middle School chose Jessica Walker as their candidate. 1st Sergeant Randall Walker was chosen from Metter High School. 

The announcement of Candler County Teacher of the Year was delivered by Dr. Longgrear. 

The Teacher of the Year is chosen from the four candidates offered up by each schools. The candidates are then judged based on an interview process and chosen from there. 

Following the announcement of the system-wide winner Vining spoke:

“It’s an honor to work for this county. I was blessed 7 years ago to be able to come here. It’s been nothing but a joy ever since I’ve been here. I have the best co-workers ever and the best boss. I appreciate every day and everything that they do for me. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support that we have. We do work together collaborative in a group every week, every day, and it’s an honor to work with all of them. 

“To my family, thank you for everything you do and all the support you give me. I’m just very, very grateful. Thank you.”

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