‘They can win, and they will’: Michael Cheek honored as 2022 teacher of the year

In that way, Cheek said there are a lot of similarities to what he does on the court and in the classroom. In either space, the most important thing he believes he can do is make that connection to the students he had with Mrs. Smothers.

“It’s amazing to think that because Ms. Smothers connected with me, I am now connecting with my students,” Cheek said. “And because I connect with my students, they will build the belief that they can win in math. But more importantly, maybe one day they will connect with their students because I connected with them. .

“For me, this is what is most important in education.”

After finishing his speech, Andean Chevrolet presented Cheek and his family with a lease for a new Chevy Equinox, with their four children jumping into the vehicle parked inside the conference center to test out the seats.

But Cheek and his family weren’t the only ones rewarded at the celebration.

Sponsored by Corner Farms, the 2022 Mentor of the Year Award went to Brenda Alhir, who served as a mentor in the county for many years.

Ken Chrzanowski presented the 2022 Friend of the School Award on behalf of Georgia United Credit Union to the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club and the Walmart Foundation.

Georgia Power’s Jeff Butterworth presented the 2022 Volunteer of the Year award to Dennis and Linda Whittle for the many hours they put in mentoring, teaching, and working with students across the county.

Lynn Jackson, Administrator of Northside Hospital Forsyth, presented the 2022 Silver Program of the Year award to Georgia United Credit Union, and Freda Hardage of Northside Hospital Forsyth presented the 2022 Gold Program of the Year award to Mentor Me North Georgia.

Finally, the Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Foundation was named the winner of the 2022 Don Hendricks Partnership Award, the highest honor an education partner can receive.

The Hendricks family said the foundation has worked with FCS for more than 20 years to provide support, help build the first computer lab at Chestatee Elementary, provide donations for agricultural science programs, provide financial support to schools in the group North Forsyth and more.

Bearden closed the event Thursday by thanking the sponsors and all education partners who help make Forsyth County schools what they are today.

“Many of you have heard me say that the best schools and the best school systems are those where home, school and community work together as partners,” Bearden said. “I can’t think of any other school district more blessed than ours.”

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