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Past articles by Sheryl:

Teachers: Not only should you sweat the small stuff, you should celebrate it

Columnist Sheryl Green shares why teachers should celebrate the small victories of their students. The Columbus, Georgia teacher says success is like a bag of Lays potato chips, leaving you wanting more. → Read More

This South Columbus teacher changes lives by treating students like family

Education columnist Sheryl Green writes about Teresa Mims, a teacher at South Columbus who starts each year with a family first attitude. She tries to give her students love that they may not receive at home. → Read More

Imagine a profession where you have to wait years to see if work paid off. That’s teaching

Columbus, Georgia teacher speaks about how teachers find out if their work with their class paid off. She also discusses how they gauge the impact they have on their students. → Read More

This Midland middle school band instructor does more than teach. He empowers.

In addition to teaching band and orchestra to Aaron Cohn Middle School students, Jeremy Pownall uses his influence as a teacher/coach/band director to create better human beings with a teamwork focus. → Read More

Four Columbus high school girls should inspire us all to rewrite the standards

During this Women’s History month, columnist Sheryl Green thinks about her backyard football days as a child against the boys and the impact four Columbus wrestlers have had on her. → Read More

When one woman is on crusade to honor teachers, lives and careers are changed forever

As the guiding force behind the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, Marquette McKnight seeks out and then spearheads countless opportunities to recognize teachers in the Columbus area. → Read More

High school teacher handles a class of sixth-graders, finds out they’re not so bad

Specialties in eduction lead to islands of isolation between those who teach in different grade levels, but a stint teaching sixth-graders revealed that middle school learning is not so strange. → Read More

From stigma to stellar

I wish I was more artsy, and I confess — I envy people who are. I wish I could tickle the ivories or paint a Colorado mountain, but all I can do is toot on a clarinet, strum three cords on the guitar, and color inside the lines of a coloring book. So, when I see someone take a lump of clay and mold it into a cool pot or take a blank canvas and paint a gorgeous landscape, I certainly bow to their… → Read More

Mrs. Cooper teaches important life skills at Double Churches elementary

Despite the rampant ugliness in the world and all we conjure up to separate ourselves from others, we all have at least one thing in common, regardless of race, religion or economic status. We all have been positively influenced by a teacher. → Read More

‘I know my teacher loved me’: Arnold teacher is making big impression beyond classroom

“I know my teacher loved me because she gave me a dozen donuts, just for me. Oh! And a full bag of hot fries,” Mikelous said with his endearing, face-full smile. → Read More

Kids show up worried about tax refunds, next meal. A Columbus teacher shifts their focus.

I vaguely remember being in kindergarten. I can recall going on a field trip to Stone Mountain, riding the train and getting to sit with the engineer up front. I also remember my teacher giving us square lollipops when we did something good. Sadly, that’s about it. → Read More

He is at the top of his Columbus class, but challenges make him feel like he’s not enough

One of my friends in the District tearfully told me about a young man she had to counsel the day after the recent Page One awards. He came to her early the next morning visibly disheartened. No prompting necessary, the young man opened up about the awards event. → Read More

Columbus student saw ‘making it’ as joining NBA. His teacher held back a harsh reality.

I remember walking around the room, reading their sentences over their shoulders as they wrote. The prompt was simple: define success. → Read More

After 20 years, Coach Scott is still at Jordan High because ‘these kids need me more’

I asked a question last week, and what a stir it caused in social media. Never would I have guessed such a response would ensue from the ramblings of a simple classroom teacher. → Read More

DJ’s life was going down hill at Fox Elementary — then Ms. Dades stepped in

I used to think I would do anything for my students, especially the ones who can’t do for themselves. But nothing I’ve heard before compares to what Beth Dades, currently teaching at Clubview Elementary, has done for one child in particular. → Read More

Columbus student struggles to overcome a reputation that wasn’t even hers

Angela was always quiet. → Read More

The balance between discipline and love

“Everyone on the line.” It was time for sprints, but only half the team moved. The other half remained chatting at the water cooler. → Read More

She lashed out after getting suspended. But there was a deeper issue.

Sometimes reputations shouldn’t precede us. Maybe there should come a time when what we’ve done in the past doesn’t keep haunting us. → Read More

The best teachers have the spirit of a warrior

The thirst for knowledge, the wealth of an imaginative mind, the quest for self-improvement we were reared to appreciate have long been replaced, and the classroom teacher is left to mend the wounds. → Read More

Teaching childrenin poverty

Her hair was always frazzled. Her little face always smudged. She alternated between a dingy white T-shirt and a pink and yellow striped one. One pair of shoes. → Read More