Rhonda Sykes, chemistry teacher at South Cobb High School, was recently named the 2013 National Kind Teacher of the Year by the Humane Society of the United States! The program honors teachers who have made marked efforts to inspire student action on behalf of animals’ well-being. Ms. Sykes helped initiate the Boggs’ Dogs student club at South Cobb High, a school-based animal rescue group named for SCHS teacher and animal lover Beth Boggs, who passed away several years ago. Through the club, South Cobb students have helped provide foster care for abandoned pets and educate their peers about how to safely help homeless animals. Click here to read a 2011 story about the club from South Cobb Patch.
Ms. Sykes received a framed certificate and a scholarship to the Certified Humane Education Specialist development program through Humane Society University.
The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates have given this award annually since 1981, recognizing outstanding teachers who consistently incorporate humane education into the curriculum and/or motivate students to get involved in community service for animals.