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Della Dee Waddell did not originally set out to become a teacher when she graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College with a journalism degree.

However, she not only ended up pursuing education, but she has now earned a prized designation: Oconee County Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Waddell is the special education support teacher in her fifth grade classroom. She, along with her co-teacher, both stay with the same students all day and teach them all subjects. 

Waddell elaborated that she and her co-teacher like to teach the students in small groups, whether that be guided or independent groups, like children working on their Google Chromebooks. 

Waddell has been at OCES for four years after having taught in Decatur County for 12 years. 

She has stayed at OCES because the teachers there do quality work, and there is a lot of support from the special education department and Oconee County Schools administrators. 

For more on this story, see the September 19 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience store and grocery store and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website.

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