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Meet all the Gainesville City Schools teachers of the year
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Gainesville City Schools Teacher of the Year Amanda Studer teaches third grade at Mundy Mill Academy. - photo by Scott Rogers
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Adondra Little

Adondra Little

School: Fair Street International Academy

Teaches: All elementary subjects 

Years at school: 15

Years teaching: 16

City of residence: Gainesville

Quote: “I find it so rewarding to play such a big part in shaping the lives of our world’s future. There is nothing like teaching students, experiencing their ah-ha moments with them and celebrating their achievements.”

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Carolyn Stribling

Carolyn Stribling

School: Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

Teaches: Kindergarten

Years at school: 3

Years teaching: 8

City of residence: Gainesville

Quote: “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – B.B. King

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Chandra Karnati

Chandra Karnati

School: Gainesville High School

Teaches: Advanced Placement calculus, AP research, geometry (ESOL) 

Years at school: 11

Years teaching: 24 

City of residence: Gainesville 

Quote: “I believe teaching is a calling. The reward is not something that can be explained; it is a feeling. It is the same feeling as watching your kids’ first steps; the same as looking into the eyes of your pet when he learned the first trick you taught; and it is the same feeling as feeding your hungry child.”

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Brianna Caldwell

Brianna Caldwell

School: New Holland Knowledge Academy

Teaches: Media specialist

Years at school: 5 

Years teaching: 5

City of residence: Cleveland

Quote: “The thing I enjoy most about working as a media specialist is the ability to assist my students and staff as they become successful users and creators of information. Every day, the media center is buzzing with activity and there is never a dull moment. Whether I am working with teachers, helping students cultivate a love for reading, planning events, producing our weekly morning newscast with students or working with my Tome Society Club, the media center is truly a special place to work.”

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Heather Weiser

Heather Weiser

School: Centennial Arts Academy

Teaches: 5th-grade English language arts/reading and social studies

Years at school: 18

Years teaching: 19

City of residence: Cleveland

Quote: “The most rewarding part of teaching is the moment students finally grasp a concept, especially when they have been struggling. Seeing that light bulb go off and realizing that their grit and hard work paid off is a powerful moment to witness.” 

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Ryan London

Ryan London

School: Gainesville Middle School

Teaches: 8th-grade Georgia studies

Years at school: 4

Years teaching: 5

City of Residence: Cleveland

Quote: “I had teachers that invested time and energy into making sure I had the determination and skills necessary to succeed outside of the school building when I was a student. I find teaching to be rewarding for the very reason that I have a chance to prepare future members of our society by equipping them with essential skills and understanding that they will need to be successful members of society.”

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Charity Manomano

Charity Manomano

School: Gainesville Exploration Academy

Teaches: 5th grade

Years at school: 12

Years teaching: 25

City of residence: Lawrenceville

Quote: “Teaching is rewarding for me because it enables me to give back to the community, and it allows me to help our posterity and be a lifelong learner. While I interact with my students and engage them in academic discourse, I am also learning.”

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