As of Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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ALBANY -- Albany High School science teacher Elizabeth Arnold is doubly proud -- that she was chosen by her peers as the school's 2012 Teacher of The Year and that she is a graduate of Albany High.
A physical science and biology teacher at AHS since 2005, Arnold is one of eight nominees for the Dougherty County School System's 2012 Teacher of the Year, who will be named at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Live Oak Elementary.
"I feel honored twofold," Arnold said. "Albany High is my Alma Mater and I am truly humbled that my colleagues picked me as the school's teacher of the year."
Arnold says her biggest joy in teaching is seeing her kids become successful in the classroom.
"I love it when you can see that light bulb turn on," Arnold said. "Some come in reluctant, and I try to get them to think differently in regard to science. When they get it, it is very gratifying."
Still, the job is not lacking in challenges.
"Education can be difficult because every year there seem to be so many changes," she said. "We have to get (students) ready for high-stakes tests while striking a balance at the same time."
Arnold holds a B.S. in Zoology from Fort Valley State University and an M.A. in Human Development from the University of Missouri.