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Celebration of Excellence nears
Top teacher, business partners will be named
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Celebration of Excellence

* When: 11:30 a.m. Friday

* Where: Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd.

* Cost: Free, but those attending must R.S.V.P. by calling (770) 887-6461

The community is invited to see the announcement of this year’s top teacher in the Forsyth County school system.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and the school district will present the annual Celebration of Excellence at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

In addition to its top teacher, school officials will recognize businesses and individuals who provide exceptional support through its Partners in Education program.

The Teacher of the Year finalists were named during surprise school visits in January.

Julie Auten of Silver City was named the top elementary educator, while Piney Grove’s media specialist Kristen Deuschle took the middle school honor and Spanish teacher Lisa Robinson was chosen the best high school educator.

Judi Jenkins, business and community relations facilitator for the school system, said the annual celebration highlights the excellent partnership between schools and area businesses.

“This event gives us an opportunity to say ‘thank you for all you do’ to the community and all our business partners,” she said. “We’re a great school system, but it’s two-way street. We would not be great if we didn’t have the support of the community and the businesses, there’s no way.

“It’s like a glove and a hand. They fit together and it’s pointless to have one without the other.”

Jenkins and Laura Stewart, the chamber’s director of communications and events, said the celebration is always well attended.

“Last year, we were at full capacity, which was right around 550 people,” Jenkins said.

Stewart added that they are “anticipating that many people again this year.”

Anyone wishing to attend the celebration, which is free, must call the chamber at (770) 887-6461.

“There is no online registration and no R.S.V.P. deadline, but when we do reach capacity, we will have to close registration,” she said. “So people should R.S.V.P. as early as possible.”

She added that the celebration is one of the chamber’s largest events of the year since many members feel so strongly about supporting education.

“A quality school system creates economic opportunity and produces an exceptional future work force,” she said. “Therefore, the Partners in Education honored at this event and other local businesses who take an interest and give of their time and resources are making investments in the future.”