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Heather MacKenzie, earns the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator Award

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HENRY COUNTY, GAEagle’s Landing Middle School teacher Heather MacKenzie was awarded the Gwen Hutcheson Outstanding Educator Award by the Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS) during their yearly state conference.

This honor goes to the teacher, the GCSS selection committee deems to have made an outstanding contribution to the teaching of social studies, and demonstrate qualities beyond providing, outstanding, dynamic instruction to their students. A proven commitment to peers, use of updated instructional practices, and proof of publication production and/or conference or workshop presentations are among the criteria used to select a winner.

This is MacKenzie’s tenth year as a teacher in Henry County Schools but her thirteenth year in the teaching profession. For her recognition, MacKenzie received $250 and a two-year comprehensive membership to the National Council for the Social Studies.

“I’m fortunate enough to know personally, several recipients from years past and I am in awe to be amongst them,” said MacKenzie.

Nina Kendall, Social Studies Department Chair at adjacent Eagle’s Landing High School was one such recipient two years ago.

Robynn Holland, an educational consultant and past director of Teaching American History Grants, of which MacKenzie participated in, described the outstanding teacher by saying, “Ms. MacKenzie has a passion for teaching social studies and she is the person every parent or grandparent wants their child to have as a teacher. I have observed hundreds of outstanding teachers and of all the teachers I have observed, I believe Heather MacKenzie to be in the top one percent.”

Dr. Aaron Randall, coordinator for social studies in Henry County Schools, added, “Ms. MacKenzie has demonstrated time and time again that she is an outstanding educator who has a passion for teaching, learning, and perfecting her craft.”

You can discover more about Henry County Schools here, and Eagle’s Landing Middle School here.

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