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The Clayton State University Department of Teacher Education will inaugurate its Education Speaker Series on Monday, Feb. 6 with a talk by this year’s Georgia Teacher of the Year, Jadun O. McCarthy, an English Language Arts teacher from Northeast Health Science Magnet High School in Bibb County.
McCarthy’s presentation will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., in the Clayton State Theatre, room 132 of the University’s Arts & Sciences Building. This event is free and open to the public.
As Georgia Teacher of the Year McCarthy, a University of Georgia law school graduate, serves as an advocate for public education in Georgia.
“Every child deserves a great teacher. Children don’t deserve okay or adequate teachers; every child that walks into a public school deserves a great teacher. I am humbled to be a representative of the tremendous teachers in this state and finalists sitting behind me,” he said upon receiving the award. “If we could replicate the teachers in this room we wouldn’t need No Child Left Behind because there would be no children left behind.”
“Jadun McCarthy is going to be a great representative of the teaching profession in Georgia,” adds State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “He has such a compelling story about how education has impacted his life.”
A product of the Bibb County School District, McCarthy initially was going to pursue a career in law. The night of his graduation from the University of Georgia School of Law, he realized that, instead of working in a system that locks up people, he would rather follow in the footsteps of the people who provided him the tools to be successful; his teachers.
For further information on the Clayton State Education Speaker Series, contact Dr. Ruth Caillouet, chair, Department of Teacher Education, at (678) 466-4741 or RuthCaillouet@Clayton.edu.