Kate Yeargain of Evans High School has been selected as a member of the Georgia School Boards Association Youth Advisory Council for 2020.
The GSBA formed the Youth Advisory Council to give high school students the opportunity to provide input and feedback to help aid school board members from across the state in their decision making.
The application process consisted of two rounds. First, students submitted an online application, and from those applications, a review committee selected students to advance to the second round, which required them to submit a video on a topic of their choice.
Only eight students from across the state of Georgia were selected to serve on the council.
Yeargain’s platform is about improving students’ mental health by changing the way mental health is handled in schools. She believes it is important for students to have access to resources at school to assist them in managing stress, coping with different circumstances and understanding their emotions.
Amanda Woods, a sixth-grade teacher at Grovetown Middle School, was selected to receive the New Teacher Induction Rookie of the Year 2020 award.
Each year in May, new teachers come together to celebrate a successful first year of teaching. Alongside their mentors, they reflect over the accomplishments of the year. During this celebration, the Columbia County School District announces the Rookie of the Year, an outstanding first-year educator. Principals nominate excellent first-year teachers for this award.
A total of 71 new teachers were eligible to compete for the award, and principals were asked to consider how each of their first-year teachers exhibited the qualities set forth in the direction statement, and, if they were outstanding, to nominate them.
A team of district level personnel reviewed the nominations and narrowed the choices to the top three candidates. Additional candidates were Raley Arnold from Brookwood Elementary and Beth Burgess from Grovetown Elementary.
Normally the team would meet and observe the candidates teaching, but when the school year ended early, this couldn’t happen, so the finalists were interviewed virtually and had to submit a written response to reflective questions about their first year of teaching.
Woods greatly values the other teachers and staff in her building and continues to seek out the advice and input of her peers. She is also the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education Teacher Candidate of the Year for 2019.