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Pickens finalist for Teacher of the Year

Greenville Middle School teacher Kathy Pickens is a finalist for WAKA’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year. (File Photo)

Greenville Middle School teacher Kathy Pickens is a finalist for WAKA’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year. (File Photo)

Greenville Middle School teacher Kathy Pickens is a finalist for WAKA’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year.

Pickens, a member of the Teacher Hall of Fame sponsored by Jacksonville State University, is one of four finalists for this year’s award. Wilcox Central High School’s John Brown, Brew Tech Magnet High School’s Lauren Whitaker and Hayneville Central High School’s Gwendolyn Cosby are also finalists.

Pickens, who has been teaching math at Greenville Middle School for 23 years, said teaching is all she’s ever wanted to do.

“When I was little, I taught my teddy bears and anyone else that would listen,” she said. “I’ve just always wanted to be a teacher.”

In fact, for Pickens teaching is more of a calling than it is a job.

“When I was 12 I felt like God called me to teach through some scriptures in Romans 12,” she said. “Teaching is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

GMS assistant principal Willie Turner nominated Pickens for the Golden Apple Award.

“I nominated Mrs. Pickens because she is a wonderful, outstanding teacher,” said Turner. “She used great innovation in her classroom. She incorporates music into her learning. Her students just love her.”

The winner of the Apple Teacher of the Year award will be decided by an online vote at waka.com. The winner will be announced on May 18.