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Malcom Bridge Middle School teacher Shannon Giddens has long cherished teaching her passions of science to her eighth grade students.

It was her passion and work ethic that to her being named the MBMS Teacher of the Year. 

“I think the most rewarding part of being a teacher is making those connections with students when they find success,” Giddens said. “[It’s] when they find joy and realize something that’s a difficult subject can be accessible to students.” 

Giddens has been a teacher at MBMS for five years, and she teaches high school-level physical science to eighth graders there. Previously, she taught chemistry and physical science to high schoolers in another school district. 

She explained her desire to pursue this type of teaching blossomed from her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. 

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with that [science major], and we did a lot of outreach, particularly with [the nonprofit] Sparrow’s Nest,” she said. “I kind of decided that’s where I wanted to head. I realized I wanted to take my science background and apply it to those relationships and help kids understand science better.”

For more on this story, see the Sept. 10 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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