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Congratulations to the Pursuit of Excellence Recipients



Congratulations to the following employees who are the October 2022 recipients of the Pursuit of Excellence Award. They were recognized during the October Board of Education Meeting.



Laura Franklin

Special Education Teacher at Midway Hills Academy


Laura Franklin has worked for the Baldwin County School District for 2 years. She currently works as a special education teacher at Midway Hills Academy. Mrs. Franklin was nominated by her colleague, Jessice Gresham-Spires. Ms. Gresham-Spires had the following to say: “Mrs. Franklin goes above and beyond to meet her students' needs. She is such a loving teacher and builds dynamic relationships with her students and the staff. She has such a wealth of knowledge on the content and how to differentiate. She is an asset to the Baldwin county school system." Mrs. Franklin, thank you for being the epitome of excellence!




Damita Hall-Jones

Teacher at Baldwin High School


Damita Hall-Jones has worked for the Baldwin County School District for 21 years. She currently works as a Teacher at Baldwin High School. Mrs. Hall-Jones was nominated by her colleague, Joelle Teague. Mrs. Teague had the following to say: “ Mrs. Jones is the type of coworker that everyone wishes to have. When you have a problem or need help - she is always one of the first ones to jump in. I have watched her interactions with students and she always pushes them to strive for greatness. She takes the time to listen to them and help them find ways to think outside of the box to solve whatever their issue may be. If a student needs assistance with their schoolwork, she helps them or finds someone that can. Whatever it takes to make a student successful - Mrs. Jones is going to find a way to make it happen. When it comes to the staff, Mrs. Jones is always there for us as well. It may be a kind word, a thoughtful gesture, or pitching in to help before she is even asked. Damita Jones is the epitome of a Pursuit of Excellence winner - she defines it every day for the people who are fortunate enough to be around her. Mrs. Hall-Jones, thank you for being a model of excellence!




Tiffany Hurt

Literacy Coach at Midway Hills Primary


Tiffany Hurt has been working for the Baldwin County School District for seven years and was recently promoted to Instructional Coach at Midway Hills Primary. Ms. Hurt was nominated by her principal, Tara Burney. Mrs. Burney had the following to say: “Ms. Hurt should be the Pursuit of Excellence winner because she has done a phenomenal job transitioning into her new role as Instructional Coach. She has worked to build relationships with teachers. She does her job with enthusiasm and is always finding ways to remove barriers for teachers. Ms. Hurt, thank you for modeling excellence!




Erin Smith

5th Grade Teacher at Lakeview Academy


Erin Smith has worked for the district for 25 years and currently works as a 5th Grade Teacher at Lakeview Academy. Mrs. Smith was nominated by her colleague, Katherine Giddens. Mrs. Giddens had the following to say: “Mrs. Erin Smith is a seasoned and dynamic teacher. Her attention to detail is amazing. She works very hard to see that her student's academic needs as well as social and emotional needs are met daily. Erin has a gift for organization and order. She knows the Georgia Standard of Excellence 5th grade standards like the back of her hand. She holds many certifications, and she is qualified to teach at many levels of education. She keeps her grade level informed of information and is always eager to help others. Erin loves to shower others with gifts. She spends her own resources in her classroom to make sure that her students have everything that they need. Her high-stakes assessment scores show that she is a great teacher. Erin is a rare find in the field of education. Her diligence shows that she is "in it to win it!" Her students mean everything to her and that is why she pursues excellence each day!!!” Ms. Smith, thank you for being a shining example of excellence!

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