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Local educator honored at banquet in Atlanta
Liberty County Schools’ Teacher of the Year Amanda Durden receives recognition from State Superintendent Kathy Cox last Friday at the Teacher of the Year banquet in Atlanta. - photo by Photo provided.
Liberty County Schools’ Teacher of the Year Amanda Durden, a music teacher at Bradwell Institute, was among the Georgia educators honored at a banquet in Atlanta last week.
Here’s an excerpt about her from the school system’s teacher of the year program:
“I was influenced to become a teacher by my parents, who are both retired educators. The reason I chose to become a music teacher is that my parents instilled in my brothers and me their love for music. I was in our church choir all of my life. I was also in the school band and took piano lessons for years. Majoring in music education was an easy choice.
“My greatest accomplishments in education are those activities in which my students excel. I have been in my present high school position for 17 years. Every year, my students audition for and are selected to attend the Georgia All-State Chorus. This gives me a great sense of pride when I see how pleased the students are to have achieved their goal. Another activity my students participate in that I consider an accomplishment is Large Group Performance Evaluation. In the past 17 years, we have earned ratings of only superior and excellent in performance and sight-singing. This demonstrates the mastery of skills my students have learned in the classroom. My greatest contribution is instilling a love of music in my students.”

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