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EDhear helps celebrate educators and staff at Legacy of Excellence Awards Luncheon



On November 1, Fulton County Schools celebrated their teachers, principals, school professionals and support staff at the annual Legacy of Excellence Awards luncheon. The awards ceremony was held at the Georgia World Congress Center and highlighted some of the most effective teachers and principals in schools today. For the fourth consecutive year, EDhear produced the awards ceremony's intro motion graphics and highlight videos for the teacher of the year, school professional of the year and support specialist of the year.


“It is an honor to help celebrate the committed educators and staff at Fulton County Schools,” said EDhear President Stephen J. Alford. “We look forward to this event every year.”


The Legacy of Excellence program includes performances by student musicians and the Parade of Honorees, which officially kicked off the event. More than 1,200 school, business and community leaders were in attendance at the luncheon.


This year’s overall teacher of the year is Chatahoochee High School Computer Science Teacher Pamela Whitlock. Whitlock entered the education field as an elementary school teacher, but evolved into a high school teacher after starting a family, and operating a business with her husband. The EDhear team captured Ms. Whitlock in her teaching element over a two-day period. Her students were eager to share their perspective on how Whitlock impacted their high school careers.

School Bus Driver Ed Weiss is the overall Support Professional of the Year. Weiss began his career transporting students for Fulton County Schools in March of 2006. His service is a shining example of an unwavering commitment to students and his colleagues. After fourteen years of starting his day at 4:30am, driving students to and from school, and navigating metro Atlanta traffic, Weiss still enjoys being the first and last daily impression for students. The EDhear team captured the honoree's dedication on camera, over a two-day period.

Liberty Pointe's Martina Franklin is the overall School Professional of the Year. Franklins impact on the students is on display through academics and in the arts. Her philosophy on education is to meet students where they are because students learn differently and at a different pace. The EDhear team spent a day with Franklin, watching her engage students in the classroom and in dance.


Working with schools, school leaders, and school districts is part of the core function of EDhear and celebrating their success is an honor.