Teacher of the Year: Ms. TK Cown, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
This is currently my fourth year teaching at CMS, but my sixth year as a part of the CMS family! My journey began as the site coordinator for Communities in Schools, now known as Student Success Alliance. I have been a co-teacher in Special Education and now teach Social Studies. At CMS, I also coach cheerleading and lead the PBIS events committee. I received my undergraduate degree in Human Development from the University of Georgia and my Master’s in Arts of Teaching from Piedmont College. I plan on continuing my education in January by going back for my Specialist degree in Education. I really enjoy creating new curriculum for students to jump head first into new learning opportunities and being creative with technology use in my classroom.
Outside of school, my community involvement is working with children with disabilities, serious illnesses, and other life challenges at Camp Twin Lakes or serving our local community through Monroe Junior Woman’s Club. Lastly, my philosophy for teaching is that I should give every child all I have. This slogan was our catch phrase for summer staff at Camp Twin Lakes when we needed a reminder of why we do the work we do and to embrace the journey. The lessons learned of meeting a child right where they are and to give love first have made me become the teacher that I am today! I hope to always be their biggest cheerleader, a shoulder to lean on, behind them to catch their falls, and beside them so they never walk alone.
Support Person of the Year: Mrs. Lillie Middlebrooks, Special Education Paraprofessional
I've been at Carver for 19 years. My first job was a substitute but now I'm a paraprofessional for all grades, as well as supervising students with the online Speech class. For the past 11 years, I've been a tutor in the afterschool program, now known as RISE, here at CMS. My favorite part of my job is working with my students and getting to know them, especially when I'm with them in small groups and when I pull them for testing. I feel very blessed that God has put me in a wonderful school with caring adults and children so I can assist in the lives of others.