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Shalanda Quimbley
2019-2020 Mitchell County Primary School Teacher of the Year 

Shalanda Quimbley is driven to help students overcome barriers that impact their learning. Mrs. Quimbley has been a special education teacher at Mitchell County Primary School for the past eight years.  She attended Mitchell-Baker High School and graduated in 1997. She continued her academic education at Albany State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Later, she received her Specialist Degree in Special Education from Walden University.  She has taught in various classroom settings including co-teaching in special education inclusion classrooms and resource classrooms.  Mrs. Quimbley has served on various school improvement teams and is currently serving as team leader for the special education department at Mitchell County Primary School. 

As a teacher, she has a profound impact on her students' lives forever.  She has witnessed as her students move on to the next level. As she thought back on the teachers she had when she was a child, she thought of the ones that had the greatest influence on her life.  Some teachers were positive and some were negative, but they all helped shape her perspective as a teacher today. Being a teacher is certainly one of the most challenging careers, but it is the most rewarding profession there is.  In choosing to become a teacher, she made a commitment to herself and her students to be the best academic, ethical, and personal role model she could be. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to teaching is sharing her knowledge, skills, strategies, and experiences with her students and families to inspire learning.  She believes in making learning fun and engaging for all students despite their challenges. Her biggest goal is for her students to be life-long learners. Mrs. Quimbley loves the quote by Solomon Ortiz, “Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.”

Mrs. Quimbley feels as if she is here to ensure her students make their mark in the word with beautiful, colorful, and lasting ink!

Countessa Henderson

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Mitchell County Primary School Teacher of the Year


Ms. Countessa Henderson has been a primary school teacher in the Mitchell County School System for seven years.  She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Albany State University.   Ms. Henderson is continuously striving to encourage her students to succeed while collaborating with her peers on implementing innovative instructional strategies.  In her efforts to obtain professional learning experiences, Ms. Henderson has engaged in many activities that have contributed to her being an effective teacher and leader.  She is a member of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) and has received training in Reading Horizons, co-teaching, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Formative Instructional Practices, and Mentor/Mentee collaboration.  In addition, she is a member of the school’s Leadership Team and a member of the district’s Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC).

2016-2017: Shunterra Lucy Mitchell County Primary School Teacher of the Year
Ms. Lucy has been a Kindergarten teacher in the Mitchell County School System for three years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Albany State University. She chose to become a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in a child’s life. She wants to have a positive influence on younger children by sharing her passion for learning, just as teachers did for her as a child. Ms. Lucy is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) and has received extensive professional learning in the areas of: Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Reading Horizon Discovery, Teacher Created Materials in Science, IKAN/GLOSS Mathematics Universal Screener Training, Teacher Keys Evaluation System (TKES), and Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APTT). Within her community, she is an active member of several volunteer and service-oriented organizations. She tutors first graders at a local church, mentors young girls, and volunteers with young athletes. She also volunteers her time every other Sunday by picking up trash and helping to educate students on the importance of being environmentally conscious. According to Ms. Lucy, “Being an educator in today’s society is both an honor and a challenge. As educators, we are responsible for guiding our students to become productive members in the world, from Kindergarten through college. I am proud to be a teacher. “