District News

TCMS's Artz named Digital Learning All-Star Teacher DLAST winner

Each year, schools within the Thomas County School System name a teacher the Digital Learning All-Star Teacher. These teachers have gone above and beyond with implementing the effective use of technology in classroom instruction at both the school and district-level. Melissa Artz, a seventh grade teacher at Thomas County Middle School, was selected as the 4th annual winner for the district.

“Thanks in large part to E-SPLOST funding and other grants we have received, the Thomas County School System has made significant investments in technology for our students and teachers,” said Lindsay Thompson, Director of Digital Learning and Media Services for Thomas County Schools. “Our Digital Learning All-Star Teachers are among the best at using technology in the classroom with their students and helping other teachers with various digital tools. We believe it is important to recognize teachers who use technology to create transformative learning experiences for their students”

“With information at our fingertips and technology ever progressing, it is vital that we use technology in the classroom often but also use it effectively and efficiently,” Artz said. “As a digital citizen myself, I can help students recognize safe digital practices and understand the importance of learning how to appropriately use the technology that is available.”

Additionally, Ms. Artz received a laptop courtesy of Trafera and will attend a statewide technology conference in the fall.

Creech Among Nation’s Best Middle School Assistant Principals Creech award

Todd Creech of Thomas County Middle School has been named the 2022 National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Outstanding Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year representing Georgia.  Dr. Bob Heaberlin, the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP), made the announcement on April 12 at the monthly meeting of the Thomas County School Board meeting.  

Clay Stanaland, principal of Thomas County Middle School, said, “Mr. Creech has high expectations for himself, colleagues, and especially students.  He is a strong advocate for all students and their success. His ability to connect with students and communicate with parents is superior.  Mr. Creech is highly organized, reliable, and is a reflective practitioner.”