Meet the Teachers of the Year: Alexandria Walden

In this ongoing series, you’ll find profiles on Teachers of the Year from Emanuel County Schools presented alphabetically by last name. This group was actually selected for the 2019-2020 school year. Per Georgia’s School Superintendent Richard Woods, the 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year Program was suspended to adapt to the realities of COVID-19. As a result, the conference and gala planned for May 2020 were postponed to 2021, and there were no applications due to the state in December 2020. The next application due date is set for December 2021. The current 2021 Teacher of the Year cohort (the application that was due in December 2019) will become the 2022 cohort in an effort to ensure these teachers are recognized fully. Thus, the cohort being recognized by The Crossroads Chronicle is as follows: Dawn Boddiford, Rachel Burkhalter, Gene Hundley, Mary Hundley, Alexandria Walden, and Frank Wimberly.

Alexandria Walden teaches ninth grade Algebra l, 10th grade geometry, and 11th grade Algebra ll.

She attended Georgia Southern University, from which she received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia communication and minored in exercise science with an emphasis on coaching behavior. Walden also earned her master’s degree in higher education from Ashford University.

Walden says she chose to become a teacher to inspire and give back to the youth in her community and surrounding areas. She wants to instill positivity in them, show them that there is nothing that they can’t do, and teach them that hard work and dedication pay off.

Prior to Walden relocating to Swainsboro, she started her education career in Statesboro. She was employed at Nevils Elementary for two years under a federally funded program known as America Reads, which was designed to help incorporate literacy and assist students with reading and comprehension.

Afterward, Walden began working at Statesboro High School as a paraprofessional in the math department. She was also a member of the girls’ basketball staff as an assistant coach from 2008-2014.

Walden has been employed at Swainsboro High School since July 2014. She enjoys teaching math and loves working with numbers and finding new strategies to teach students different methods that works for them. She says loves teaching because of her students. She realizes that every student is different and as she develops a relationship with them, they know she is available for them whenever they need her.

“Being Teacher of the Year lets me know that my peers see the difference I make in and out of the classroom,” Walden said. “I am passionate and dedicated to the profession I’ve grown to love. As an alumni of SHS, I have a strong sense of pride that I can return to my roots and instill in my students what has been instilled in me.”

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