Annettea Mills was nominated by a colleague, Tera Fulmer.
Ms. Mills is an amazing woman who lives and breathes for the students and educators of the Richmond County School System. Her dedication is like no other. Ms. Mills gets up early every morning to meet students at BelAir K-8 for PrimeTime. She ensures that students are completing their homework, eating a nutritious breakfast, and conducting educational and social problem solving with one another. Every second of her day is spent mentoring the youth of Richmond County. She also hosts PrimeTime in the evenings.
Ms. Mills serves as a paraprofessional in the Richmond County School System, currently working in kindergarten. She runs the lunchroom - a well-oiled machine - with one other adult. She serves as the lead paraprofessional in Richmond County, and hosts monthly meetings and trainings for other paraprofessionals in the county. Ms. Mills was recently chosen to build a professional learning handbook and course of study for all paraprofessionals in the state of Georgia.
She is the first to arrive and the last to leave school each day. In her time off, she focuses on her non-profit, S.O.S. which stands for Save Our Schools. This organization mentors youth in the Central Savannah River Area.
"Paraprofessionals are woefully underpaid members of the education community, and to have someone like Annettea give her entire heart and soul to the Richmond County community is a blessing," said Fulmer.