Teacher of the Year 2020-2021
Oglethorpe Point Elementary congratulates Nicole Anderson on being named the 2020-2021 Oglethorpe Point Elementary Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Anderson received her B.S.Ed in Communication Sciences & Disorders/Speech Language Pathology from the University of Georgia and her B.S.Ed in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. In addition to her dual certifications in special education and early childhood education, Mrs. Anderson also has her gifted endorsement. Mrs. Anderson is in her eleventh year of teaching, having taught in her hometown of Newnan, GA, before coming to Glynn County. Mrs. Anderson has been married to her husband Yates, for seventeen years. Mrs. Anderson began her teaching career in 2000, but took a brief hiatus in 2005 to stay at home with her three children, Mattie Dell, McClain, and Yates, and is now in her fifth year back at OPES as a kindergarten teacher.
Beyond her expertise in the classroom, Mrs. Anderson is a leader amongst her peers. She is the literacy representative for the kindergarten team, the Visible Learning representative for the kindergarten team, and she volunteers with Girls on the Run, an organization that promotes self-respect and positive development of young women (3rd – 5th graders) in our school.
Mrs. Anderson’s fellow teachers will tell you that she is always positive and can make anyone smile. It is obvious that she always wants what is best for the students. Mrs. Anderson’s desire is to create an environment where students feel safe, happy, and eager to learn. She expresses, “I want to make a difference in the lives of my students. There are SO many wonderful things about teaching kindergarten! Things like having a kindergartener look up at you with a big smile because they have just read for the first time make my job very fulfilling. We work hard and always strive to be kind are a couple of life lessons we try to capture in our classroom and then carry with us throughout life.” Mrs. Anderson tells us her amazing cousin with special needs was her initial inspiration to become a teacher and that her goal is to help every child reach for the stars and succeed to their highest potential.