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Teacher of the Year 2017-2018


My name is Nadia Lake-Northern. I was born in Brooklyn, NY.  I relocated to Georgia in the summer of 1995, with my family- my parents John and Mayfield Lake, my older sister, Natasha, and younger brother John Jr. At the time I moved, I was just beginning my freshman year of high school. I attended Redan High School (Go Raiders!), graduated in 1999 and started my college career at Georgia Perimeter College. I later enrolled at Clayton State University where I studied Middle grades education. After graduating from Clayton State, I attended Georgia College and Georgia State University. There, I earned my Master and Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership in 2011 and 2012, respectively. In 2013, I married my best friend, Damien Northern. Together we have two children; Anderson-2½ years old and Ava Rose-5 months old. I’m thankful and blessed for my family because they keep me grounded. My family has always been my biggest support system and they always encourage me to be the best Nadia I can be.

As an educator, I pride myself on teaching my students with passion and deep concern for how the lessons I teach can be applied outside the classroom. I am fair but very firm with my students. I consistently impress upon each student the importance of a good education. Having a solid education opens the door for our children. I remember being a student, who experienced academic and behavioral challenges. Many of my teachers appeared to lack compassion and most likely could have cared less about me after I left the classroom. However, there is always that one teacher who has the potential to turn things around. For me that teacher was Mrs. Rita Norris-Jones. She took time out of her busy schedule to teach and mentor me. She helped me understand that regardless of how some teachers labeled me, I was still special and smart. I took her lessons as motivation to one day change the lives of my students, one by one; yes, even the most challenging students. I love them all. I teach them the way I wanted and deserved to be taught. I’m driven by challenges; I try not to let them get the best of me. I learn from them, pick myself up, and push forward.


2016-2017  Angela Cherry-Davis
2014-2015  Amethyst Clowers-Davis 
2013-2014   Lisa Anne Duchaussee

2012-2013 Therese Brown

2011-2012 Tameka Freeman

2010-2011 Aysha Farooqi

2009-2010 Pamela Harris

2008-2009 Mya Ward

2007-2008 O'Rhonda Ingram

2006-2007 Lucinda O'Neal

2005-2006 Rickey Greene

2004-2005 Octavia Freeman

2003-2004 Dionne Cowan

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