GHC teacher of the year honored by Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
Sherry Green was at her grandson’s baseball game when a former student came up to her, hugged her neck and said she had been hired as a teacher and that Sherry was the reason why.
It’s moments like this one that mean the most to Sherry and make what she does at Georgia Highlands College memorable.
She admits that as A GHC assistant professor of education she tears up when she sees her students walk across the graduation stage or when she learns they obtained the teaching career they had set out to get.
Sherry was recently honored as a 2015 Cobb County Chamber of Commerce teacher of the year for Georgia Highlands College.
“I actually began my collegiate work at Georgia Highlands College and received my associate degree in mental health technology in 1980,” she said.
Sherry went on to earn her bachelor’s and master’s in education from Berry College in 1984. Shortly after, she obtained her Educational Specialist Degree from West Georgia College.
But when Sherry decided she wanted to teach college courses, it was GHC that won her heart.
“Over the 30 plus years I have spent in my career as an educator, GHC has always been present in my life and the life of my family,” she said. “It is a wonderful institution to work at. Our colleagues and our administration are extremely supportive.”
Sherry notes the first time she asked about introducing and teaching a “bullying in the classroom” course for students on an education track. She said that she saw a need for her students to know more about contemporary problems facing teachers.
She explained why it was critical and was given all the support she needed from GHC to make it happen.
“My students inspire me to be the best education professor I can be for them,” she said. “As the next generation of educators, they will face challenges that no previous generation has had to face, so it is imperative that they are well-educated and well-trained.”
Sherry stated that she lives in Rome and has been teaching on the Cartersville campus for the past seven years, but to meet the demand for more online professors at GHC, she has begun to transition her typical classroom model to a more online-friendly hybrid model.
“I am passionate about all of the courses and course content I teach,” she said. “Teaching future educators is both a blessing and a gratifying experience. I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been selected as the Georgia Highlands College teacher of the year.”