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Indian Creek Middle School’s Kenneth Hanson is Newton County School System’s 2015 Teacher of the Year! He will now represent Newton County Schools in the Georgia Teacher of the Year Program. His prizes included $1,000 cash, a crystal vase, three-month’s free car rental from Covington Ford, a $500 Kroger gift card along with a $100 gift basket, and one dozen red roses.

Newton County Chamber of Commerce president Hunter Hall announced Mr. Hanson the winner today during a special ceremony at Newton High School. Ms. Heather Fuller of Newton College & Career Academy and Ms. Chris Williams of Newton High were both runners up. Both Fuller and Williams each won a crystal vase, a $100 Kroger gift basket, and a $250 Kroger gift card, for the special honor.

Mr. Hanson has spent his entire teaching career in Newton County Schools. He began his career at Indian Creek Middle School in 2007 and has been teaching social studies there ever since.

Mr. Hanson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Georgia State University in 2006 and his master’s degree in social science from Western Governors University in 2010. He is pursuing an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction at Kennesaw State University.  Mr. Hanson is currently a social studies content leader for Newton County School System and has also served as a mentor for new teachers.

Mr. Hanson is very active in his local community, having participated in programs such as Hands on Atlanta and Clark Howard’s Habitat for Humanity each year. He has organized and conducted youth summer camps each summer and also volunteers his time to feed the homeless and visit nursing homes to spread joy. Mr. Hanson is also very active in his local church.

In his Teacher of the Year essay, Mr. Hanson wrote, “I have a thriving passion to see our young people well equipped to succeed and be able to compete with young people across this nation and world. It is fulfilling to me to see young people be able to articulate their point of views and to see the progression that is being made as the year progresses. I want every young person to know that they can live their dreams if they are willing to make a few sacrifices and work hard…. I know that my story and legacy is still being written; however, if I remain faithful to what I believe is my greatest contribution to education, which is being a consistent role model, holding students to high expectations, and spreading hope, I will have a great story for someone to find hope, motivation and encouragement from day one.”

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 Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend special thanks to the Chamber Champions, sponsors of the 2015 Teacher of the Year program: General Mills; Ginn Motors; Covington News; Apollo Staffing; Newton Medical Center; Bank of North Georgia; United Bank of Covington; SKC, Inc.; BB&T; Pattillo; Snapping Shoals EMC; Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority; Kelly Products; TPA Realty Services; Wagner Service Solutions; Tread Technologies Company; Newton Citizen; AT&T; Georgia Power; Newton Federal Bank; Beaver Manufacturing; Pinnacle Bank; Consolidated Copier Services; Pratt Industries; Bard; Newton College & Career Academy; The Center; Bridgestone Golf; and Choate Construction. 

For more information on the Newton County School System Teacher of the Year program, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools at 770-784-2908.