The Cobb County School District is proud to announce the selection of Kelly Bramblett, special education teacher at Allatoona High School, as the 2009-2010 district Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Fred Sanderson and the Allatoona administrative team surprised Mrs. Bramblett with the honor during a special assembly Aug. 24, unfurling a banner before the entire student body. She now represents Cobb in the statewide program, which will announce a winner in May 2010. Mrs. Bramblett is also the high school level Teacher of the Year, which made her eligible for the district-wide merit.
Mrs. Bramblett was inspired to enter the education field by her own Cobb County teachers at Teasley Elementary, Griffin Middle and Campbell High. She felt the calling to become a special education teacher during her senior year and immediately focused her own studies on that goal. Ms. Bramblett has a passion for students with special needs, focusing on helping her pupils develop essential life skills. While teaching at Kennesaw Mountain, she and a colleague developed the ‘Serving Up Success’ program, which teaches transition, vocation and social skills to students with disabilities. The pair set up a coffee shop at the school, which students operate as part of their career preparation. Ms. Bramblett expanded the program to Allatoona in the school’s first year. Ms. Bramblett recently received the Tommy Nobis Center’s highest honor, the Governor’s Award, for her service to individuals with disabilities.
Kelly sponsors the Interact Club at Allatoona High, helping students serve their community through volunteer efforts and fundraisers for causes such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the American Sign Language Club. She is also active in her church’s service and missions efforts. “It is my desire to see students with disabilities become gainfully employed after high school and empower them to live an independent life,” said Ms. Bramblett. “If I have instilled responsibility and initiative in my students, despite their cognitive disabilities, then they will be successful, and so will I.”
Kelly Bramblett will have her Teacher of the Year handprint unveiled by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce during the annual ‘Give Our Schools a Hand’ ceremony Oct. 7 at Glover Park on Marietta Square.
Mrs. Bramblett was chosen from the three Teachers of the Year for each academic level, which also include Dr. Michaela D’Aquanni-Swift of Russell Elementary and Linda Bonstein of East Cobb Middle. Each of these talented educators is profiled on the District Web site.