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Dougherty Teacher of the Year finalist Patricia Littleton says reward is impacting lives (VIDEO)

The Dougherty teacher of the Year will be named Thursday

Patricia Littleton, a teacher at Live Oak Elementary School, is one of eight finalists for the 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Award. Littleton explains her teaching philosophy and memorable moments as an educator. The award will be presented in a ceremony on April 17.


Patricia Littleton

Patricia Littleton

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Patricia Littleton - 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Finalist

Patricia Littleton, a teacher at Live Oak Elementary School, is one of eight finalists for the 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Award. Littleton explains her teaching philosophy and memorable moments as an educator. The award will be presented in a ceremony on April 17.

Patricia Littleton, a teacher at Live Oak Elementary School, is one of eight finalists for the 2014-15 Dougherty County School System Teacher of the Year Award. Littleton explains her teaching philosophy and memorable moments as an educator. The award will be presented in a ceremony on April 17.

ALBANY — Dougherty County Teacher of the Year finalist Patricia Littleton remembers her childhood teachers with fondness and said her first grade teacher, and later a high school teacher, provided the pathway to her chosen profession.

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“I always wanted to be a teacher,” said Littleton, a first grade teacher at Live Oak Elementary. “When I was little my favorite past time was ‘playing school.’ The most influential factors on me becoming a teacher were my first grade teacher and that was reaffirmed later by an outstanding high school teacher. Both were extraordinary role models. After having such amazing teachers throughout my school career I was inspired to follow in their footsteps.

“These former teachers will always have a special place in my heart. They made a definite impact on my life and my goal has always been to give back to young children what was given to me by remarkable educators. I believe that being a teacher is a calling of not just the mind, but the heart as well.”

Littleton noted she’s seen many changes in a quarter century of being an educator.

“I’ve been teaching for 25 years. Sadly, our laws have taken prayer out of schools in America. However, my mom wrote me the following prayer that I keep on my desk and I silently lift it up before each day begins:

“Lord, thank you for calling me to carry the torch of learning. Help me hold it high and let your light guide me to teach more than is in the curriculum. Empower me to reflect your love and care to every child that enters my classroom. Keep reminding me that I am planting more than the seeds of knowledge. Let all the seeds grow and reap a harvest that I am unable to imagine. Amen”

“This prayer helps me always remember that I have the task of molding children for the future.”

Littleton added she feels every day is a learning experience, for both herself and her students.

“I view each day as a learning opportunity for my students as well as myself,” she said. “In my role as a teacher, I have the opportunity to be the potter and my students are the clay. I work wholeheartedly to mold each one into a special, distinctive and successful individual.”

Littleton holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University and an M.S in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southwestern State University.

Dougherty County’s teacher of the Year will be named Thursday at a banquet at Hilton Garden Inn.