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Chris Jones named top teacher

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY -- His method of teaching is to provide a hands-on approach, repetition and doing whatever is possible to help students realize their potential.

And it's paid off.

Chris Jones, a fourth-grade social studies teacher at Northside Elementary School, was named this year's Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year on Tuesday night.

The announcement was made at the system's Teacher of the Year and retirees banquet at Radium Springs Middle Magnet School.

Jones, an Atlanta native, was enrolled in the Albany State University College of Business when he became acquainted with the school system. He has a master of science in business administration and a bachelor of science in management, both from ASU. He holds an early childhood education (T5) teaching certificate. Jones began teaching at Northside in 2008.

"It's a wonderful feeling," he said following the ceremony. "I just feel grateful to lead today's youth. (The recognition) is a direct reflection of my students' support. I accept the award in the most humble manner."

Jones is known for being an engaging, charismatic teacher, one who brings enthusiasm to the classroom.

In nominating him for the consideration, Northside Principal Angela D. Shumate noted that Jones is a knowledgeable teacher who takes a "no excuses" approach to education. She said he is "very perceptive in identifying students' needs and uses a wide range of teaching strategies to meet those needs. That obviously requires an enormous amount of planning, along with efficient delivery. Mr. Jones is a master of both planning and delivery."

Jones, one of eight finalists for the award, received a check for $1,000 and a Teacher of the Year ring. He was set to appear live on WFXL-TV's "Good Day" at 7:30 a.m. today.

The other seven finalists for the award were:

-- Philonease M. Fournier of West Town Elementary School;

-- Gloria Isaac of Southside Middle School;

-- M. Eileen Ovrevik Smith of Lincoln Elementary Magnet School;

-- Katesa Walker of International Studies Elementary Charter School;

-- Segaous Walker of Robert A. Cross Middle Magnet School;

-- LaToyia Watts Jackson of Westover High School;

-- Leslie Wilks of Albany High School.

As Dougherty County teacher of the year, Jones will represent the school district in the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the year Program.