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Officials announce Patsy Hart as Clayton County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year

Patsy Hart, a third-grade teacher at Morrow Elementary School, has been announced Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 Teacher of the Year. (Special Photo)

Patsy Hart, a third-grade teacher at Morrow Elementary School, has been announced Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 Teacher of the Year. (Special Photo)

MORROW — Patsy Hart, a third-grade teacher at Morrow Elementary, has been announced Clayton County Public Schools’ 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Officials made the announcement early Friday afternoon.

Hart has been at Morrow Elementary since 2007. She began her teaching career in Maryland in 1978. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Mid-Atlantic Christian University and her master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia.

Other finalists up for the systemwide honor were Tu Willingham, Bridget Donaldson, Matalie Whiting, Carol Horne, Valerie Thomas and Erika Nutter.

Willingham is a 10th- and 11th-grade World and U.S. History teacher at Mundy’s Mill High. He began his teaching career at Lovejoy in 1994. After four years in Clayton County, Willingham went on and taught four years in Fulton County. In 2002, he returned to Clayton County and Mundy’s Mill High. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Maryville College, his master’s degree from the State University of West Georgia and his specialist from Lincoln Memorial University in 2008.

Donaldson is an orchestra teacher at Roberts Middle. She began teaching in 2002 and she has spent her entire career in Clayton County — first at Adamson Middle and then Roberts Middle. Donaldson earned her bachelor’s degree in music from Goshen College and her master’s degree in music education from the University of Georgia.

Whiting teaches eighth-grade English/language arts at Lovejoy Middle. She has been at the school since 2001 and has also spent time at Pointe South Middle, King Elementary, Forest Park High and in Atlanta Public Schools. She began her teaching career in Florida in 1996. Whiting has degrees from the University of West Florida and Nova Southeastern University including her doctorate in educational leadership.

Horne is a social studies teacher at Pointe South Middle, where she has taught since 2008. Prior to that, she was at Harper Elementary. She has also taught at Kendrick Middle and Morrow Middle. In 1973, she earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Boston College. Three years later, she earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston.

Thomas teaches second-grade at Kilpatrick Elementary. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher at Church Street Elementary in 2006. Two years later she moved to Kilpatrick Elementary. Thomas earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington and her master’s degree from Columbia University in African American Studies in 2004.

Nutter teaches art at Unidos Dual Language Charter School. She has been with the school system since 2008. Prior to that, she taught in Michigan and Alabama. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art education from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in art education from Boston University.