“Paige is currently teaching second grade, she has taught kindergarten, she has taught first [grade]. The class she teaches this year is a Focus class, and those are students we focus very heavily on in the area of reading and math,” CPS Principal Walter Gordon said Wednesday during the annual recognition luncheon, held at Stonewall Manor and sponsored by Renasant Bank. “Paige does a great job with those students in her room and ... when you go to your staff and you say, ‘I need a teacher that’s willing to work with struggling students,’ Paige volunteers.
“She is so dedicated at making sure those students learn as much as they can each and every single day in that classroom.”
Robbins said she was “without words” after she was announced Teacher of the Year, but was able to speak on how much she appreciated the recognition, referencing her third-grade teacher who had inspired her to eventually pursue a career in teaching. She also thanked Gordon for his guidance as a principal.
“I love where I am and I love what I do,” Robbins said. “Thank you and I am very, very honored.”
This year’s individual Teachers of the Year are Robbins, Rachel Phillips of Cartersville Elementary School, Debbie Justus of Cartersville Middle School and Michelle Stone of Cartersville High School.
“We take a lot of pride in our staff members and especially when we have an opportunity to recognize the best of the best, and this year is no different than prior years,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said. “We think a lot of all our staff members, but particularly these four teachers.”
Superintendent Howard Hinesley added, “We have a lot of great teachers in the school system and you are representative of those wonderful teachers.”
Each candidate will receive $500 for professional development next year as well as $500 to be used in their classroom. Robbins received an additional $250. All funding for the Teacher of the Year awards is channeled through the Cartersville Schools Foundation via private donations.