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Burns enjoys influencing young lives

Phillip Burns is the 2012 Lamar Reese Magnet and School of The Arts is the teacher of the year.

Phillip Burns is the 2012 Lamar Reese Magnet and School of The Arts is the teacher of the year.

ALBANY, Ga. — Lamar Reese Magnet School of The Fine Arts’ Teacher of the Year Phillip Burns loves his job despite having to grade 100 papers every day.

“I am proud, honored and humbled to see my efforts have been recognized by my peers,” Brown, a third-grade science teacher, said. “This came as a major surprise to me. It was one of my and my mother’s (Vernice) goals before I ever got my degree.”

Burns, who has been at Lamar Reese since 2008, has a B.S and an M.S. in education from Albany State University.

He 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

“The best part of my job is being able to watch my students learn, grow and mature,” Burns said. “As I watch them grow up and become young adults, I realize that I have had a major influence in their lives. That is very gratifying to me.”

Burns’ approach to education is simple.

“I believe that each child needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to mature emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially.” he said. “It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking and invites creative ideas.”