Mandy Owens said she couldn't shake the feeling of wanting to be inside a classroom so after six years of working at a local bank she quit and enrolled in school full time.
"It was a big decision, but I knew that I wanted to teach," said Owens, a math teacher at Eastbrook Middle School.
Owens, 30, graduated from Dalton State College in May with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. She said Eastbrook was her first choice for where she wanted to teach. She attended Eastbrook and is a 2005 graduate of Southeast Whitfield High School.
"I knew that I wanted to teach math at Eastbrook and here I am," she said. "I have a warm place in my heart for this school."
Owens recently received a $1,000 teaching assistance grant from Georgia Power. The utility provides the grant to first-year teachers nominated by their college professors.
Sharon Hixon, dean of the Department of Education at Dalton State, called Owens an "amazing teacher candidate."
"Mandy was very reflective and had a clear insight to teaching," Hixon said.
She said the decision to nominate Owens was made by a group of professors in the department.
The grant can be used toward anything for the classroom. Owens ...