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Lakeview Academy 21’-22’ Teacher of the Year Schlonda Spikes on Leading with Compassion

In the run up to the announcement of BCSD's 22'-23' Teacher of the Year, we spoke to our 21'-22' year winners about their commitment to teaching and what makes Baldwin School District stand out. This blog series highlights those incredible teachers and what they do to make a difference.

Ms. Spikes believes in leading with compassion. It opens many doors of opportunities for people of all different backgrounds. Ms. Spikes is a native of Milledgeville. She grew up with a tight-knitted family who taught her how to love unconditionally. Regardless of economic status or environment, her parents Peggie Spikes and William Spikes, always ensured her that she could achieve anything her heart desired.


That is exactly what she wanted to give to others, and it’s why she chose to go into social work after graduating from Georgia Southern University with a degree in sociology and later became a Special Education Teacher.


That is exactly what she wanted to give to others, and it’s why she chose to go into social work after graduating from Georgia Southern University with a degree in sociology and later to teach Special Education in small group settings similar to those that she grew up in.


“I’ve been told all my life that I have a lot of patience,” Spikes said, “My first job was working for the Department of Family and Children Treatment Services,” Spikes said she always knew that she wanted to work in a position where she could form relationships with people in order to help them. Although she’d always considered teaching, she demurred at the thought of classroom management.


“Once they know that you love them; that you want them there; you want them in your class; you want them involved; that you’re interested in them; when they realize that you are in their corner, they’re going to perform to the best of their ability"

“People would always say, ‘you’re so soft and you’re so kind’, so I didn’t think I’d be able to handle it,” she said. Then a friend of hers’ decided to answer Georgia’s c