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During the annual Gordon County Schools' District Teacher of the Year banquet held on April 30, Nikki Hampton, was named the 2019-2020 District Teacher of the Year.  

Mrs. Hampton, STEAM teacher at W. L. Swain Elementary School, has spent her teaching career in Gordon County Schools.  She started teaching at Fairmount Elementary School, where she served as the music teacher and served as the Ashworth Middle School Band Director and Assistant Band Director at Gordon Central High School.  She has also taught ESOL at Red Bud and Fairmount Elementary Schools, as well as Sonoraville Elementary School.  Most recently, she joined the W. L. Swain family, where she has developed the school’s STEAM program that has been presented at conference throughout the state.  Mrs. Hampton holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, a Master’s of Education in ESOL, is a certified sign language interpreter, and holds endorsements in Early Childhood Education, ESOL and Gifted Education.  She is also known for her work as the President and founder of the Coulter Hampton Foundation.  Summarized in her Teacher of the Year application, Mrs. Hampton describes her work with the STEAM program she helped create, “The most important part of my job is instilling a sense of wonder and enthusiasm for learning.  So many of our younger learners feel they don’t have a use for what they are learning.  I take the information learned in class and show them how they can use it!  Engagement is key to holding their interest and help them understand why…”

In addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Hampton will go on to represent Gordon County in the 2020-2021 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.  She also received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2019-2020 school year.