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October 9--  The Teacher of the Year in the Vidalia City Schools is Anna Helms, an eighth grade language arts teacher at J.R. Trippe Middle School.

It must be in her blood because she's the sixth member of her family to receive such an honor, but she told Tuesday night's meeting of the Vidalia school board education was not her first choice.

"I'm deeply honored and shocked.  Education was not my first choice, but it's the best choice that I've made.  I'm just blessed and I thank you so much," she said.

Her school principal, Gwen Warren, noted "She is just fantastic.  She's as good as you can get in the classroom and she's on it everyday doing it for the children."

Anna is in her tenth year as a teacher and has spent nine years at J.R. Trippe.

"In school I was not the best student, I was pretty chatty, and I missed a lot during school," she says and admits that helps her empathize with her students, "I think daily, alright Anna, you did the same thing when you were there so have some patience and get them back on track."

{mosimage}Teachers of the Year in other schools include (l-r) Patricia Goethe from J.D. Dickerson Primary, Kristin Palmer from Sally Meadows Elementary and Donna Collins from Vidalia High School. Behind them are their principals (l-r) Carol Welch, Ginger Morris, Gwen Warren and Dr. Garrett Wilcox.

Principal Warren believes, "We are so blessed in this school system to have the people who come here to teach.  When you look at the four ladies who are representing these schools, they're just awesome and every school has an awesome staff, we're very blessed."