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Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Ally Potter of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy !

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Ally Potter of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy !

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2022 Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Teacher of the Year Ally Potter!

Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy 2022 Teacher of the Year Ally Potter teaches her young engineers to drive STEAM trains to success.

Now in her seventh year as a teacher, Ms. Potter helped with Oak Grove’s recent transformation from a fine arts academy to a STEAM (arts plus STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused school.

“Integrating art, engineering and technology into both our science and math curriculum has increased student interest as well as mastery of standards across the board,” said Ms. Potter, who this year is teaching fifth grade after six years teaching third.  “Teaching this way has allowed me to see diverse learners succeed and enjoy learning in a way that I have never seen before.”

An example is the public service announcement project, through which her students studied pollution and then created PSAs using their own photography and artistry to share the lessons learned.

Ms. Potter’s colleagues praise her excellence in teaching and willingness to share her knowledge.  “She is proactive and reaches out to her teammates in a kind and purposeful way,” a fellow teacher shared.  “She always meets you halfway and, if you are struggling with your half, she will take the time to meet you where you are and help you complete it.”

In her own words: “My students are free thinkers … asking questions, exploring, creating a product and always finding ways to improve in the future.”

Special thanks to our 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.