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.
Midway Hills Primary 2021 - 2022 Teacher of the Year, Deanna Blount, came to teaching from an unlikely place. She began working with children as a juvenile probation officer, where she would often visit youthful offenders to ensure compliance with the orders of the Juvenile Court. “I was getting 15 and 16 year-old kids on my caseload that were already felons,” she said in a statement, “I felt like even though I was doing all that I could to help them, that it was not enough and I did not like the feeling of not being able to do enough.”
Blount shifted her attention from working with juveniles after they’d already committed felonies to working on preventing them from going down that road in the first place. “I decided that I needed to reach these kids earlier,” she said. It was quite a departure after having initially received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Georgia, but once the decision had been made, she went back to school for her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Georgia Southern. “I decided to go back to school so that I could work with younger kids and hopefully prevent them from ever getting on someone’s caseload.”
"I felt like even though I was doing all that I could to help them, that it was not enough and I did not like the feeling of not being able to do enough."
She began teaching the second grade in the Fall of 2018 at Midway Hills Primary, where she would earn the Teacher of the Year award in just three short years. During that time, Blount worked vigorously to facilitate her second-graders through the pandemic. Taking as her inspiration Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Blount used her talent to do the work to the best of her ability, and to show her students that they are loved, that they are smart, and that they are capable of success. She’s demonstrated that all things are possible through love and education.