Rambo awarded Teacher of the Year, other educators recognized

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Tiffany Rambo, a sixth-grade teacher at Bainbridge Middle School, was awarded the Decatur County Teacher of the Year award at a Board of Education Meeting Thursday. 

David Kirkland, Bainbridge Middle Schools’ principal, said Rambo’s dedication to her students sets her apart.

“She cares about her kids,” said Kirkland.  “People who you talk to in the school system and out in public talk about how much she cares about the profession, cares about the kids.”

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Rambo was absent from the award ceremony, helping her students at the Homecoming Parade, a nod to her priorities.

“I’ve been honored in trying to make arrangements for her to be recognized,” said David Kirkland, Bainbridge Middle School’s Principal. “And (Rambo) goes, ‘Kirkland, that’s not what it’s all about. It’s about doing the job and seeing about these babies.’”

Towanda Mills, a pre-k teacher at Jones Wheat Primary School, presented Rambo with the title and made note of the teacher’s exemplary qualifications in the classroom.

“A teacher who has respect and admiration with students, parents and colleagues,” said Mills. “A teacher who plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school, a teacher who is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule.”

Along with Rambo, four other Decatur County teachers were honored. A committee shadowed the classrooms of the teachers and were impressed with the attention to growth and excellence in class. 

  • Elizabeth Davis, music teacher at Jones Wheat Primary School 
  • Shanteriya Wynn, second-grade teacher at West Bainbridge Primary School
  • Lisa Baty, fifth-grade teacher at Hutto Elementary School
  • Tiffany Rambo, sixth-grade teacher at Bainbridge Middle School
  • Senior Master Sergeant Scott Morehouse, CTAE director at Bainbridge High School  

“Their classrooms were positive and engaging,” said Mills. “We saw science labs and lessons, music concepts to educate your students.” 

Bainbridge Middle School is starting new programs on the backs of such teachers. 

“We also have a student created yearbook,” said Kirkland. He went on to discuss the BMS Student Daily News and a robotics class that has been introduced at the Middle School.

Teachers like Rambo have invested into the lives of students, committing themselves to their education and growth. Now they are receiving the recognition they deserve.