Montgomery County Schools recently recognized a number of teachers and named its “Teacher of the Year”.
At a banquet Mon., May 11, the school system named East Montgomery High School agriculture teacher Adam Garner as the 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. Jennifer Hare, an English and social studies teacher at East Middle School, was selected as the runner-up.
Adam Garner is a graduate of North Carolina State University and has taught at East for the past eight years. Garner says his decision to teach was influenced by his own teachers.
“The main reason I became a teacher was because of a teacher,” stated Garner. “In high school, like many students, I was unsure of my travel that life’s road would take me down. My agriculture teacher helped me make my career decision without even knowing it.”
When asked about his philosophy of teaching, Garner responded, “My philosophy of teaching is very simple. I believe all students can succeed if given the chance. A student is a lot like a seed; a seed needs four main ingredients to grow and flourish – good soil, proper nutrients, sunlight and rain. As teachers, we must provide something very similar to this recipe.”
Garner went on to explain how the soil is an “inviting classroom” – nutrients come in the form of the helpful learning nuggets that teachers offer to their students, sunshine comes in the form of praising students for their accomplishments, and rain is the constructive guidance that teachers can provide to students to help them develop and mature into productive members of society.
Montgomery Schools Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis said, “Mr. Garner definitely makes a tremendous difference in the lives of many students. He uses the instruction in his classroom to provide students with meaningful learning experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. We are grateful to have him represent Montgomery County Schools as Teacher of the Year.”
Garner advances to the regional level as he competes for North Carolina Teacher of the Year.