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 was 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.
Dawn Boddiford, a health and physical education teacher at Twin City Elementary, graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in science. She also obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching (Health and Physical Education) in 2013. Boddiford chose to be a PE teacher because she loves children and she wanted to make a positive impact on their lives in the areas of health and fitness.
Always active as a child and a young adult, she had many teachers and coaches that helped cultivate within her a strong love and deep passion for health and fitness. Additionally, she felt that by becoming a teacher, she would be paying it forward.
Before becoming a teacher, Boddiford was a co-worker and operator of Double Dose Gymnastics with her twin sister, Dedra Kearson. She did this for 12 years before becoming a personal fitness trainer.
Boddiford worked in the public school system for five years as a paraprofessional. Specifically, she worked in this role one year in Screven County and four years at Twin City Elementary. She taught fifth grade at TCE for four years and has been in Health and PE for two years. Boddiford’s favorite subject to teach is physical education. She loves teaching kids about the important things in life like health, physical fitness and well-being, confidence, social skills, responsibility, and respect for self and others. Mostly, she loves the relationships she forms with her students, all of whom she truly cares for and loves. She wants them to know that she is in their corner and always their biggest fan.
About being selected Teacher of the Year for TCE, Boddiford offered this: “It is humbling to know that my peer teachers think enough of me to nominate me for this award. It also validates what I do. I just want to make a difference, a positive impact on my school and in my community.”