Dr. Denise Pennywell’s bright smile and soft voice speaks volumes — she loves teaching.
Now in her 38th year of teaching, Pennywell still strives to let students know that they are valuable.
“It does not matter who you are or your current level of learning, you are important,” said the Glenn Hills High Elementary School teacher.
Pennywell is one of five finalists for Teacher of the Year in the Richmond County School System. She, Brigitte Holmes (Hephzibah High), Kia Mills (A.R. Johnson Magnet), Tonya Fulton (Morgan Road Middle) and Sandra Owens (Freedom Park Elementary) will gather for the the Teacher of the Year Banquet on Thursday at the Augusta Marriott.
The recipient will receive a car, trophy, gift certificates and more.
Pennywell believes the nomination makes a statement that her peers view her as an outstanding educator capable of making a difference. Her hard work has trickled down to another generation as well; her daughter, NaTasha, was previously nominated for Teacher of the Year in Fulton County.
Even after so many years in education, Pennywell continues to learn about the field. Her students have taught her that some of them require a different approach to helping them learn.
“In order to make a difference there will come a time that there has to be a difference or change in me,” she said.