Kaylee Greene is Glascock's STAR Student
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 9:34am
Kaylee Greene, a high school senior, has been named the 2017 PAGE STAR student for Glascock County School. Kaylee, daughter of Crystal Greene, selected Mrs. Dawn Brake, high school math teacher at Glascock County School, as her STAR teacher.
The PAGE Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program, in its 59th year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Department of Education.
Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 24,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic achievement. To obtain the STAR nomination, high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the SAT and be in the top 10 percent of their class or be among the top 10 students numerically of their class, based on grade point average.
STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR student is named and chooses a STAR teacher to share in this recognition.
The students and their teachers are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from one of more than 165 statewide civics organizations and businesses that serve as local sponsors of the STAR program.
School system winners compete for region honors and region winners compete for the honor of begin named state PAGE STAR student. The Glascock County Booster’s Club is the local STAR sponsor for GCCS.
Kaylee is a member of the National Honor Society, and the National Beta Club. Kaylee participates in Move-On- When Ready and has competed in the Math Tournament held at Georgia Southern University for the last three years.
In addition, Kaylee has been a member of the One Act Play casts. Kaylee has participated in Future Farmers of America and has played soccer. Kaylee plans to attend Georgia Southern University and study psychology. She plans a future working in pediatric psychology, specializing in art and music therapy.
Mrs. Dawn Brake is in her 10th year of teaching at Glascock County High School. Mrs. Brake has taught math for the last four years.
Prior to this, she taught special education for five years and served as an academic coach for one year. Mrs. Brake has also taught special education for five years at Hancock County Elementary School.
She says the aspect that she enjoys the most about teaching is interacting with the students.
Mrs. Brake and her family live in Sparta.
“It is a great honor to be chosen by Kaylee,” She said. “ It is so nice to teach a highly motivated and purpose driven student.”
Kaylee says she chose Brake as her Star Teacher because of how strong of a woman she is.
“Mrs. Brake has faced many battles in the time that I have been in GCCS that would have brought many other people down,” Kaylee said. “No matter what she was facing, a student could always go to her for advice or just talk with her about what they had going on. Another reason I chose Mrs. Brake is because if one was in class and had a question, one could ask and not get looked down on for it. In Mrs. Brake’s class, everyone is accepted and no one is looked down on. You rarely see Mrs. Brake mad about anything. There are many other reasons why I chose Mrs. Dawn Brake as my Star Teacher, but the greatest one of all is that she has impacted my life greatly and was there for me both as a teacher and a listener.”