The Richmond County School System rolled out the red carpet for 59 teachers of the year from all elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county on Thursday night. The banquet at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center gave each school’s top teacher the star treatment for their hard work over the last year.
But it was Freedom Park Elementary’s Sandra Owens who was named the county-wide 2018 teacher of the year. Owens received a trophy, a Richmond County Schools embroidered navy blazer, gift certificates to local restaurants, a one-night stay at The Partridge Inn, a 40-inch Toshiba TV, admission to a teacher’s conference, $500 from Peach State Federal Credit Union, a ring from Jostens, diamond necklace from Windsor Jewelers and a vehicle sponsored by Bob Richards Automotive.
“Wow, what an awesome day, what an awesome night, what an awesome hour to be a teacher. I am so humbled,” Owens said.
Owens is a 20-year veteran of the Army and has been at Freedom Park for 12 years.
“These is a sea-splitting moment that is so much bigger than me,” Owens said. “This is a God moment.”
The Richmond County School System has nearly 2,300 teachers, according to Superintendent Dr. Angela Pringle, all of whom she says are winners. Richmond County Board of Education Vice Chairman Jimmy Atkins said that while teachers do not always have control over outside factors for their students, they are able to take care of what goes on in their classrooms.
“You make a difference in their lives,” Atkins said.