Golden Apple Award: Shana Raburn, Woodstation Elementary
RINGGOLD, GA (WDEF) – For the best educators, teaching isn’t just a profession, it’s a calling. That’s certainly the case for Shana Raburn. She’s quick to volunteer for any job that needs doing at Woodstation Elementary, and she does it with a smile.
Principal Ernie Ellis says, “Mrs. Raburn is probably one of the truest educators that I’ve ever been around, and she’s been with us for, I think, going on three years. Just a blessing. She is a true educator, because these students are not just her class students, they are her friends.”
Mrs. Raburn says, “I’m a teacher, a mom and a wife, and I just try to balance all three of those to the best of my ability. This has always just been a dream of mine. I had wonderful teachers growing up, and I just watch them and the impact that they had on my life, and I want to do the same for other kids.
Fifth grade teacher Bailey Teem chips in, “We work together as a professional learning community, and she has really taken on that role as leader with our group. She just contributes in ways where other people may have weaknesses she feels in those gaps.”
Horizon teacher Ellen Girod adds, “She’s willing to help anybody do anything. She is. She shares her knowledge and her expertise. She’s very knowledgeable teaching the grade level she is in, and the kids enjoy her.”
Shana concludes, ” I love working with the students, watching them figure out new things, figuring out what they are excited about and helping foster that love of learning. I think that is part of being a teacher, that you have to know coming in that you are investing the extra time and energy. You don’t get into this profession because of the hours or the pay, period. You get into it because you truly love kids and want to help them learn and succeed. I just want them to remember that, to enjoy learning, to be a lifelong learner. I want them to be successful in whatever it is they choose to do, and I want them to just truly be happy.