2004 Teacher of the Year
Ruth Pinson is Selected Floyd County Schools Teacher of the Year

Ruth PinsonRuth Pinson, a fourth-grade teacher at Armuchee Elementary School, was named the 2004 Floyd County Schools "Teacher of the Year" at the October meeting of the Floyd County Board of Education. Mrs. Pinson was selected as the top teacher from three finalists for the system honor. The three finalists were: Amy Allee, a science teacher at the Floyd County Education Center, Wendy Hall, a math teacher at Model High School, and Pinson. The finalists were selected by a review committee from the Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA.) 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. Each finalist was presented $100.00 by Holly Dean of Northwest Georgia Credit Union. Mrs. Pinson was selected as "Teacher of the Year" by a panel of retired educators after the finalist participated in personal interviews and classroom observations. Mrs. Pinson received $500.00, a plaque for her classroom door, and a "Teacher of the Year" commemorative apple from the Northwest Georgia Credit Union. 

Ruth Pinson has been teaching for 20 years and has spent the last seven years at Armuchee Elementary. Mrs. Pinson's class is a lab of learning where she seeks to make learning relevant to the lives of her students. Pinson said, "All students are interested in their environment and I have found this to be a great way to get my students hooked on learning." Her students use the classroom and a courtyard outside of her class to provide a habitat for Monarch Butterflies. Students learn about virtually every subject through their experience with the butterfly. The Monarch migrates to Mexico as a natural part of the creatures existence and each one raised by Mrs. Pinson's students takes a child's imagination along for the journey. The butterfly study has also sparked the children to seek new heights in their journey of learning. Pinson added, "Teaching is much more than books and the curriculum - it is making learning relevant to the children so that it sparks their desire to learn."Ruth Pinson will now represent the Floyd County School System in the Georgia Teacher of the Year program. 

Teachers honored as individual school "Teachers of the Year" for 2004 were: Susan Babb, Alto Park Elementary; Terry Brandin, Armuchee High; Nancy Sloman, Armuchee Middle; Kaye Dyer, Cave Spring Elementary; Randy Vice, Coosa High; Debbie Edwards, Coosa Middle; Amy Allee, Floyd County Education Center; Dale Miller, Floyd County Technical High; Terry Barnett, Garden Lakes Elementary; Judy Rigas, Glenwood Primary; Andy Akin, Johnson Elementary; Sheryl Scott, McHenry Primary; Holly Bettler, Midway Primary; Elaine Selman, Model Elementary; Wendy Hall, Model High; Shannon Pollitz, Model Middle; Susan Brandin, Pepperell Primary; Floyd Battles, Jr., Pepperell Elementary; Kim Donehoo, Pepperell High; and Barbara Ewasko, Pepperell Middle.