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County native named state STAR teacher
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Forsyth County News


A Forsyth County native was recently named the 2011 State Professional Association of Georgia Educators STAR Teacher of the Year.

Tim Howard, who teaches at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, was grateful for the honor.

“It has made me more appreciative of the opportunities that I’ve been given and I’m more determined than ever to live up to the honor, to be worthy of it,” said Howard, who still lives in Forsyth.

Howard was selected for the honor by Matthew Vaughan Shackelford, a high school senior at Westminster, who was named the association’s STAR Student of the Year.

Shackelford was one of 21 regional finalists to attend the STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, event.

Each of the students got to select the teacher who had the most influence on them during their high school careers.

Howard, who has taught at Westminster for a decade and has more than 25 years experience in the field of percussion education, has been Shackelford's band director for six years.

“I’ve seen him every day and he and I have developed a very strong, very close relationship,” Howard said. “I’ve been able to mentor him.”