Eighth grade social studies teacher David Kendrick knows what it’s like to have a hard time in school; he knows what it’s like to be labeled with words like “slow” and “lazy” — terms that once preceded him into a classroom.
And these are things he wants to make sure no student of his experiences, at least not while they are in his classroom.
This dedication to his students is one of the reasons that his peers selected him as this year’s system-wide teacher of the year for Madison County.
“I had a lot of folks that counted me out when I was in school,” Kendrick said, adding that he even had a high school counselor tell him he “shouldn’t worry” about going to college.
“I later faxed her a copy of each one of my degrees,” Kendrick said, with satisfaction.
Kendrick received a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Valdosta State in 1999 and then a masters of education in social science from the University of Georgia in 2004. He followed this up with an education specialist degree in reading education from UGA in 2009.
And while it was teachers and administrators who discouraged him, in the end it was one particular teacher who inspired him to succeed.
David Kendrick (second from the right with the yellow shirt) was recently recognized at a county school board meeting as Madison County's system-wide "Teacher of the Year."
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)