The Fulton County School System has named Hillside Elementary School third-grade teacher Jen Sweigart the Northeast Learning Community Teacher of the Year the by the Fulton County School District.
The district annually nominates an educator for the award based upon input from parents, students and staff members. These teachers are then evaluated by the system through classroom visits and interviews. One finalist is then announced from the district's geographic learning communities: Northeast, Northwest, Central and South.
“We are so proud of Ms. Sweigart, but we’re not at all surprised that she was chosen,” said Dr. Maisha Otway, principal of Hillside Elementary School. “Jen’s excellence as a teacher and her commitment to her students, their parents, and her colleagues inspires us all to greater heights.”
Sweigart joined Hillside in 2009. She has taught third and fourth grade, as well as EIP (Early Intervention Program) reading and math classes that span Kindergarten through fifth grade.
“Hillside Elementary is a dynamic school, where I truly enjoy being around such talented and enthusiastic students, faculty, and parents,” Sweigart said.
Sweigart says that in her classroom, she promotes an atmosphere of creativity, respect, balance and community.
“I value cooperation and collaboration among the students, as well as in my relationships with parents and colleagues,” she added. “At the same time, I value individual achievement attained through high expectations and perseverance. I believe that teaching blesses us with the privilege of growing the next generation of leaders.”
At least one of her students agree.
“I love being in Mrs. Sweigart’s math class," said third-grader Madison King. "I know a lot more now and I’ve had fun learning."
Sweigart will be formally honored by Fulton County Schools during a recognition gala in the fall.