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Toombs Teacher of Year
Sunday, 18 November 2012

November 18--  Nine years ago Matt Jones graduated from Toombs County High School.  This year he is the school system's teacher of the year and says two Toombs County teachers, both of whom are deceased, are the reason he chose teaching as a career.

"I had Susan McIntyre in fifth grade and David Edenfield in seventh grade.  Mrs. McIntyre really cared about her students and their emotional needs and their personalities and how they were going through life.  Mr. Edenfield really instilled a love of learning in me.  He really lit a fire for history and I love world history and I can really trace that back to him," Jones said.

At the school board presentation of the award, Jones said his big disappointment was that his two mentors could not be there to see him receive the award.

His principal, Doug Alexander, says Jones has renewed the school's engineering and technology program.

"He's really revived our program.  It started out with just one class and it has blossomed from there.  He actually goes to the middle school a couple of periods a day because we're expanding our program to the eighth grade," Alexander points out.

ImageOther teachers of the year at their schools (L-R) with School Superintendent Dr. Kim Corley are Deborah Brown, Lyons Primary School; Mandy Beasley, Toombs Central Elementary School; Matt Jones, Toombs County High School; Melanie Hart, Lyons Upper Elementary School and Marsha Pierce, Toombs County Middle School.


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