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February 15, 2007

Albany -- A Dougherty County elementary school teacher is named "Teacher of the Year" of her school just six months after becoming a certified teacher.

Co-workers at Turner Elementary surprised Janice Hood with a party and gifts Thursday afternoon.

She began working at the school two years ago through the Georgia Taps Program. It allows people without an education background to get into the classroom while they earn their certification.

Hood uses her experience as a missionary in Africa and Europe to teach her first graders about culture and people. She says her strong faith in God allows her to relate to students.

"It's very humbling, and I'm just very excited, very thankful to be part of a great faculty and staff at Turner Elementary School," said Janice Hood.

"She's just doing an excellent job, so it's no surprise that she's "Teacher of the Year." We're just happy for her," said Jan Lott.

Hood is now in the running for the Dougherty County School System "Teacher of the Year."

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