Students, teachers, and parents gathered at Rocky Creek Elementary under the premise a representative from the Atlanta Falcons would share how being a high performer will get you far in life. However, the assembly was for a different celebration.
With his son and daughter in attendance, Farquharson was called out of the audience and up to the stage to receive all the spoils that go with the title of a Hero in the Classroom.
The Heroes in the Classroom program is in its fourth year in the Atlanta area and seeks to recognize nominated teachers who:
- Balance the core curriculum with students’ individual needs
- Build trust among students, parents, and the community, and
- Invest in their students’ long-term success.
According to Principal Jay Fowler, “Mr. Farquharson is an amazing teacher, he truly does whatever it takes to see his students succeed. He engages parents in a meaningful way, and the students and faculty adore him.”
Embarking on his sixth year as a teacher, Farquharson has seen many positive transformations with regards to increasing achievement levels for his students. He says seeing it take place is one of his greatest rewards and it is a direct correlation to his motto: Teach by example and elevate the minds of my students.
“My favorite part of my career is when I know my students are understanding, learning, and growing as a result.”
Farquharson humbly shared what it meant to receive this recognition, saying, “It reminds me that being a teacher is so much more than teaching. I must continue to touch the minds and hearts of my students and their families on more than just an academic level.”
Perhaps one day his own children will follow in the career footsteps of their father, just like Farquharson did in selecting the same career as his parents.
“My mother and father were both teachers. They definitely impacted my career path.”
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