Superintendent Brian Hightower honored a teacher Tuesday with the second of his Game Changer Awards.

Hightower surprised E.T. Booth Middle School eighth-grade teacher Amy Loiselle with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Excellence during a before-school faculty meeting there, which erupted into applause for the honoree.

“It’s my privilege today to be with you to honor someone who has given a lot to the classroom. As superintendent, I established an award series that specifically honors curriculum and instruction, as that is our life blood, it’s what we are all about,” Hightower said of. Loiselle, who is the school’s English Language Arts department chair. “We all got into this field to make an impact on kids in the classroom. Amy is making an impact.”

The Instructional Excellence honor is awarded to a classroom teacher as one of the four categories of the annual Game Changer Awards Hightower began two years ago.

Hightower said Loiselle has greatly impressed him, and his Office of Curriculum and Instruction leadership, for her successful development of Rigorous Curriculum Design units to further raise the bar for challenging academic coursework offered to all CCSD students. Chief Academic Officer Nicole Holmes joined Hightower in making the presentation and described the honoree as a “cheerleader for RCD.”

“I really am a cheerleader for the RCD,” Loiselle said. “I am so thankful we are doing this, and (E.T. Booth Middle School) is doing a fabulous job. It’s beyond wonderful here, and I cannot thank you all enough for supporting me and going through the RCD implementation.”

Cherokee County School District developed the RCD model as a framework for teachers, so they can create their own individualized classroom lessons while still ensuring students master grade-level standards.

Loiselle earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in special education; master’s degree from Walden University in curriculum and instruction with a specific emphasis in reading, English language arts and social studies; and a specialist degree in education from Piedmont University. She joined CCSD in 2004 after teaching special education and coaching competition cheerleading in Cobb County. Her CCSD career has been spent entirely at E.T. Booth, where she has taught classes including special education, seventh-grade reading, and eighth-grade literacy workshop, and literature and composition.

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