TOTY Hand Prints – Marietta Teacher of the Year Continues Tradition in the Square
Marietta 2nd grade teacher, Kristin Lincoln, surrounded by her students, family, and fellow Sawyer Road Elementary School educators, ‘cemented’ her place in history this week when she added her handprints to the sidewalk on the Marietta Square.
Hosted by the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce at the Earl Strand Theatre, this event is one of three held annually to honor extraordinary teachers who make a difference in the lives of students. “My heart is happiest when I’m in the classroom with my students, collaborating with other educators, or standing in the hallways laughing with my colleagues,” said Lincoln.
A true believer in the importance of social-emotional learning in the classroom, Lincoln shared, “Students must know that they are loved, valued, and accepted. Taking the time to build their trust and respect is where the real value in education begins.” As a teacher, Ms. Lincoln let the audience know that she values her unique position to influence, guide, and encourage students to become lifelong learners.
Ms. Lincoln is in her 15th year of teaching and holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a master’s degree in Urban and Multicultural Education. Kristin has been with Marietta City Schools since 2002 and at Sawyer Road Elementary since 2005. “When I entered college, I knew I wanted to follow the path to becoming an educator,” Kristin said. She has taught in Marietta City Schools for eleven years and proudly represents her fellow educators around the district.
As an active and supportive member of her community, she has served in various leadership capacities in her church, she loves to travel, and spend time with her daughters Caroline and Sarah Anne.