‘HON­ORED’

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East­side High School choral di­rec­tor, Joel Sin­gle­ton, is New­ton County School Sys­tem’s (NCSS’s) 2018 Teacher of the Year! He will now rep­re­sent NCSS in the Ge­or­gia Teacher of the Year Pro­gram. Mr. Sin­gle­ton’s prizes in­cluded $1,000 cash and a crys­tal vase from the Cov­ing­ton- New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce and three months free car rental from Cov­ing­ton Ford.

Ms. Heather Hen­der­son of New­ton Col­lege & Ca­reer Academy (NCCA) and Ms. Sharonda Tarplin of Cousins Mid­dle School (CMS) were this year’s run­ners-up. They each re­ceived a crys­tal vase award from the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce.

“Oh my good­ness I’ve just got to say in one word, hon­ored,” Sin­gle­ton said. “Two weeks ago a com­mit­tee or a group of folks came in my class­room and said, ‘hey, you’re a fi­nal­ist’ and asked how do you feel and I said, ‘hon­ored and hum­bled’, be­cause I know ev­ery­body sit­ting on this stage, we all (teach) be­cause we have a passion for it, we have a love for it, and for stu­dents. Words have been spo­ken about some things I shared about re­la­tion­ships and that’s true for me. This job is too hard not to enjoy it. This job it too hard and we don’t get paid enough not to enjoy it, who we do it for, who we do it with, who we get to share things with.”

He added, “I’m just thank­ful to be in New­ton County. I’m thank­ful for Ms. (Sa­man­tha) Fuhrey (NCSS su­per­in­ten­dent), thank­ful for the lead­er­ship we have. It’s a good place to be, it’s a good com­mu­nity to get con­nected in and it’s a good com­mu­nity to give back to. So I en­cour­age you, if you don’t feel like you’ve been do­ing that, visit a school, come visit these class­rooms …. you’ re go­ing to find a passion, you’re go­ing to find a pride… you’re go­ing to see the rea­son with each of them why they keep do­ing this.

Sin­gle­ton teaches cho­rus, ad­vanced place­ment mu­sic the­ory, and teach­ing as a pro­fes­sion, at East­side High School. Be­fore join­ing the faculty at East­side High School in 2007, Mr. Sin­gle­ton taught mu­sic and cho­rus in Grif­fin-Spauld­ing County and Rock­dale County School Sys­tems. He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion from Ge­or­gia Col­lege in 2000 and his master’s de­gree in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion/ con­duct­ing from Colum­bus State in 2001. Mr. Sin­gle­ton com­pleted all re­quire­ments for an ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in mu­sic-cur­ricu­lum and teach­ing from Auburn Univer­sity in 2007.

New­ton County’s Teacher of the Year pro­gram would not be pos­si­ble if it were not for the sup­port of our com­mu­nity. As a re­sult, the NCSS and the Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce would like to ex­tend special thanks to the Cham­ber Cham­pi­ons, spon­sors of the 2018 Teacher of the Year pro­gram: Ginn Mo­tors, New­ton Fed­eral Bank, Pied­mont New­ton Hospi­tal, Snap­ping Shoals EMC, Al­covy Me­dia, Cov­ing­ton News, Gen­eral Mills, AT&T, Bank of North Ge­or­gia, Bax­alta, Ge­or­gia Power, Great Es­tates Land­scap­ing, McMichael’s Con­struc­tion, New­ton County Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Author­ity, Pin­na­cle Bank, SKC Inc., TPA Realty Ser­vices, United Bank, Wag­ner Ser­vice So­lu­tions, Bard, BB&T, Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Bridge­stone Golf, Ge­or­gia Con­nec­tor, NCCA, New­ton Ci­ti­zen, Sun­belt Builders, The Cen­ter, and Tread Tech­nolo­gies Com­pany.

Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

East­side Prin­ci­pal Jeff Cher, right, con­grat­u­lates Joel Sin­gle­ton on be­ing named the 2017 NCSS Teacher of the Year.

Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

Joel Sin­gle­ton, from East­side High School, is named the 2017 NCSS Teacher of the Year.

East­side Prin­ci­pal Jeff Cher, right, con­grat­u­lates Joel Sin­gle­ton on be­ing named the 2017 NCSS Teacher of the Year. Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Furhey, left, and Cov­ing­ton-New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Ralph Staffins, right, con­grat­u­late Joel Sin­gle­ton on be­ing named the 2017 NCSS Teacher of the Year. Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

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