Lea Pacut has been helping younger students learn her whole life, from her childhood as the eldest of eight children to her current roles as a mother and a teacher at Colham Ferry Elementary School. 

“Having a dyslexic child [has] helped me understand other struggling readers more, so I’ve really been learning about dyslexia education and how to help those students more,” the CFES Teacher of the Year said.

Pacut worked in Barrow County for 11 years as a third and fourth grade teacher, early-intervention-program and response-to-intervention specialist before transferring to Oconee County in 2017. 

This is her 15th year teaching. She currently teaches for half of the school day as an early intervention teacher, primarily for struggling readers, math learners and ESOL students, and the other half as a teacher for gifted students. 

“Every student is like his or her own puzzle, and you’re trying to figure out what [skill] gap needs to be filled,” Pacut said. 

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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