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November 01, 2005

Cairo, Georgia-- Stacy Fallaw is celebrating a new honor as Grady County's Teacher of the Year.

"There's not many places that everyday you can affect positively the lives of this many children. I affect their relationship with their parents. I affect their relationship with school," says Fallaw.

After experiencing Fallaw's enthusiasm for teaching, it's not hard to see why she was named Grady's Teacher of the Year. "It was a shock, surprise," says Fallaw.

Fallaw won the award on Friday, an honor given after six judges observed the first grade teacher in class. "The Department of Education sends eight questions that we were to answer in essay form and the judges reviewed that," says Fallaw.

Eastside Elementary School's principal also reviewed Fallaw. In fact, she nominated her. "We all love her. She's always coming up with ideas for the school to do. Mrs. Fallaw is just one of those jewels that every principal would love to have," says Principal, Patsy Clark.

Ditto for the students. "I like Mrs. Fallaw because she takes us on field trips," says first grader, Lewis Jackson. "When we listen to her she teaches us more and more everyday," adds fellow first grader, Shelbie Jordan. "She lets us do fun games. She makes learning fun," says first grader, Nick McCorkle.

Those aren't merely compliments for Fallaw. They go hand in hand with her teaching philosophy. "Try to make every experience these children have with me a positive one," says Fallaw. And teaching was a positive move for Fallaw. She left interior decorating for it.

Top teaching is a family business for Fallaw. Her husband is a teacher and the football coach at Cairo High School.

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