Position: Fifth Grade Math Teacher
School: Buchanan Elementary School
School District: Haralson County School District
City, State: Buchanan, GA
Music that Describes Kristi
Kristi Gilley was nominated by two anonymous students. The following profile contains text from both nominations.
Ms. Gilley makes a lasting impact on the lives of her students. She always makes it a priority to get to know her students on a personal level. She can always tell when they need extra support on a topic, and she always demands excellence from them.
Ms. Gilley is the kind of teacher who knows when to push students to the next level, even when they might be a little stubborn about it. She even takes her personal time to support her students at football and baseball games. She strives to show her students that she really does care.
"She was not only a teacher, but a cheerleader," said one of her nominators. "She pushed, encouraged, and inspired us to work hard and push on. There was never a time that she made us feel that we were unable. We always knew she thought we could be successful. Even at our worst, she was on our side and cheering us on. She made us realize that she was in our corner."
"Ms. Gilley knows how to teach math in a way that prepared me for my advancement to higher grade levels," said her other nominator. "I always had a blast in her class while also learning everything I needed to know. Whenever I needed help, I always knew I could go to Ms. Gilley."
Ms. Gilley uses her spare time to participate in her school's various teacher leader teams to help come up with events that the students would enjoy attending. If students recommend an activity for their behavior reward, Ms. Gilley will share that idea at her meetings.
In addition to being an inspiration and cheerleader, Ms. Gilley supports students financially. In the past, she has used her own money to pay for a student's lunch, snack, or a special event. Ms. Gilley has paid for students to participate in extracurricular activities. She has paid for dresses, salon visits, yearbooks, etc. It hurts her heart for students to be left out.
"Ms. Gilley has been an inspirational cheerleader and avid supporter for her students," said one of her nominators. "She has changed the lives of many kids throughout the years, including mine. Because of her push for excellence, I am successful and responsible today."