Oconee County High School special education teacher Sandy Palmer fell in love with educating diverse learners when she helped students as part of an adaptive physical education class during her senior year of high school. 

“I became a teacher to teach kids that all students can learn,” the school’s Teacher of the Year said. “They may learn and it may look different, but all students have the ability to learn.”

Another key reason Palmer went into teaching is because she herself struggled with dyslexia growing up, and she was able to get the help she needed, particularly from her second grade teacher. 

“She was the first teacher to go out of her way to make sure I’d get the extra help I needed,” said Palmer.

“Now I think, ‘How can I go out of my way to make sure my kids have what they need?’” 

Palmer graduated from OCHS in 2009, and she began teaching in 2014 in Monroe County. This year is her fifth year teaching at OCHS, where she currently teaches ninth-to-12th-grade adaptive curriculum. 

For more on this story, see the Sept. 17 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 


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