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Meet a 2023 School Teacher of the Year: Charm Cochran of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy!

Meet a 2023 School Teacher of the Year: Charm Cochran 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 2023 Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Teacher of the Year Charm Cochran!

One of the most important lessons Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy Special Education teacher Charm Cochran leads each year is simply called “Feelings.”

While its name may be simple, the content is anything but, as it helps students understand their own feelings and the feelings of others to help them be more successful in school and in life.

This is an incredibly important lesson for Ms. Cochran’s kindergarten and first-graders, whose special needs can make it harder for them to express feelings and recognize them in others.  This challenge makes it harder to forge friendships and understand how negative behavior affects others.

“Understanding and expressing our emotions appropriately is a key component to life,” said Ms. Cochran, who is in her sixth year as a teacher.  “When students look back on being in my classroom, I hope they have fond memories of feeling loved and accepted.”

Her principal said Ms. Cochran’s deep understanding of children’s needs and her ability to teach with innovative strategies make her a role model educator.  “Ms. Cochran leads her students through challenging activities, problem-solving tasks and rigorous learning by exhibiting patience, empathy and respect for all.  I have never seen such a beautifully run classroom.” 

In her own words: “When we, as educators, can build relationships with students, help facilitate their friendship building and teach meaningful rigorous lessons to our students, we can create a love to be at school and in return a love for learning within our students.”

Special thanks to our 2023 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.