Coming out of an unprecedented year that forced educators to reimagine ways of teaching, creatively connect with students and make virtual learning interesting and impactful, the Atlanta Hawks in partnership with Clorox will celebrate these agents of hope. Through a season-long Year of the Teacher initiative, the Hawks and Clorox have united with Atlanta Public Schools to uplift and provide resources for these hometown heroes. Nine educators will be recognized during the '21 – '22 season for their exemplary contributions of service, innovation, and compassion.
Nominations accepted Monday, November 8th – Friday, March 4th
George Parker is a native of Leesburg, Florida and his educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and a Master of Education Special Education from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. As a military veteran who served in the United States Navy for 8 years, his deep passion for service to others was affirmed. After serving in the military, George became a probation officer for the State of Florida. Years later, he found his love of working with students and joined the ranks of educators in Atlanta, Georgia. As a special education teacher who easily demonstrated his love and care for children’s well-being, he directly impacted them by modeling leadership, being a role model for each of them and improving outcomes for some of metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable children. Currently, Mr. Parker serves as the fourth and fifth grade Special Education Interrelated Teacher at Harper-Archer Elementary School with Atlanta Public Schools District.
Christine Mitchell is a Science and Math teacher at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy. She pursued teaching because she wants girls and minority students to see STEM fields as a career option. Her proudest moment as a teacher is seeing her students walking into her classroom believing that they cannot understand a concept or skill and walking out comprehending that concept. Christine holds a Bachelor of Physics from Spelman College and a Master of Physics from Clark Atlanta University. In addition to teaching, Christine loves spending time with her husband and son.
Charles Astin is a 2nd grade teacher at F.L. Stanton Elementary School and is in his second year of teaching. He credits his family and upbringing in church for introducing the idea of teaching to him at a young age. He received an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio in South Euclid, OH. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH. In addition to his impact in the classroom, Mr. Astin also volunteers with youth services at his church. His greatest joy is seeing the growth in his students throughout the course of the school year.
Dorothy Chu has experience with Pre-K – fifth grade students, spanning a wide range of abilities from special education to general education to gifted programs. She is in her 14th year of teaching and currently teaches at Morris Brandon Elementary School. She has known since she was young that she wanted to teach and was a quick study, graduating from her own ESOL program after starting school not knowing any English. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree from Boston University and then earn a Master’s degree in Gifted Education. She notes she is a forever learner and her goal is to continue to advocate for her students and their education.