ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Every teacher will tell you preparation is key for just about every situation, and with lots of prep, Fulton County School administrators were able to pull off a big surprise visit, announcing the 2020 Teacher of the Year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelsey Drews’s husband was in on it, but she said in her roughly eight years as an educator and five years at Heritage Elementary School, she never saw any of this coming.READ MORE: Environmental group's annual sunscreen guide released
“I’m absolutely speechless, with everything that’s been going on,” she said, after being lured to what she thought was going to be the mailbox.
She was particularly speechless about being chosen as Teacher of the Year and how they all came to her home to deliver the news.
“We’re so excited that you’re gonna be representing our school district. You do a phenomenal job. We recognize that these are unusual times, but you have stepped up to the plate,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney.
Drews said her teaching career started in Detroit, Michigan, and she said the journey to teaching second grade in Fulton County has been challenging and rewarding.
“The classroom is so much different than the way I grew up, and I realized we had to do more. So with my kids, I do the standards, I do what’s expected, and then I just try to push so much further,” said Drews.READ MORE: What Taylor Swift tells grads at NYU commencement speech
Administrators said they had to narrow down a list of strong candidates before making the final choice.
“You also embody the academic knowledge, and most importantly, you embody the heart for our students,” said FCS South Learning Community Area Superintendent Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, as they recognized Crews.
“She’s a leader throughout the building, and she’s a self-starter. That’s the thing I love about her. Nothing will ever get her down. She’s never defeated. She’s always looking for ways to solve a problem,” said Cheree Turner, the principal at Heritage Elementary School.
Drews said she’s proud too, as she reflected on what she said matters the most and what the future has in store.
“Nothing’s changed. Everything I do is for my kids and for my team, and so I’m just gonna keep doing what I’m doing, and we’ll see how far I can go,” she said.MORE NEWS: Wingstop could soon raise its own chickens
As most educators tell their students, the sky is the limit.