Elizabeth Watkins was a pioneer in education and taught at GSCS for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher and quickly became well known for her ability to motivate students. Elizabeth also became a Hospital Homebound Teacher, taking her teaching skills from the classroom into student homes where she not only educated them but, in many cases, their parents also. In the early years of Special Education, she led the charge for equal educational opportunities for all children.
Elizabeth’s nominee wrote, “Her kind, soft, tough and motivating manner continues to encourage everyone who knows her to learn, study and to keep increasing their knowledge of the world around them. As a role model she is proof that learning never stops, educating yourself never ends and once an educator, always an educator!”
Nina Williams Melton Jones
Nina Williams Melton Jones began her career at GSCS in 1958 as a first grade teacher. Nina later taught high school science and eventually became one of the first elementary school counselors, eventually working with five different schools. During her tenure, she was honored as the District’s Science Teacher of the Year in 1972 as well as the District’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 1990.
“Nina Jones cared about people as individuals and was a mentor to many. Her love for learning, her immense compassion for children and her desire to help others drove her. Nina has left us a legacy that will carry on to future generations,” said her nominee.
Chappelle Wesley Calhoun
Chappelle Wesley Calhoun served GSCS as an eighth grade social studies teacher for 34 years. To his students, Mr. Calhoun, was far more than a teacher. He was a mentor, role-model, surrogate parent, counselor, coach, encourager and confidant.
“During his 34 years as an exemplary educator he taught students to correct wrongs, do what is right, ask questions, find answers, earn respect, be a friend, be an example, make a difference, not to live in fear of failure because failure is not final, live their best lives and to live a life that matters,” stated his nominee.
A former student of his wrote, “In 1949, Mr. Calhoun turned our one room school house into a learning wonderland by bringing the subject matter to life. He emphasized the importance of reading, writing and arithmetic as a solid foundation for future learning. I attribute a large part of my academic success to my early learning experiences in that one room under the direction of Wesley Calhoun.”