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Teachers take top honors

August 4, 2004

Valdosta - Two South Georgia teachers are recognized as the best in their school systems.

Melanie Mares is the Lowndes County teacher of the year. She teaches 6th grade English and Reading at Lowndes Middle School, and says the best part of her job is forming lasting relationships with her students. "Its very rewarding when they write little notes that tell me something that they've learned or one student last year brought me his home run ball from the game, and little things like that just let me know that I'm making a difference," said Mares.

Shenell Collier was named the teacher of the year for the Valdosta city school system today. She teaches social studies at Valdosta High's 9th grade academy. "I knew at a young age if I got an education I would be ok and that's the kind of thing I try to get across to my students, that if you get a good education, it empowers you and you can do anything you want to do in life," said Collier.

Both teachers received a plaque, prize packages, and will be featured on a bill board together in October.

posted at 4:15 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com