Everyday after school a young Malisa Cawood came home and went to her imaginary classroom to teach 20 students.
Pretending to be a teacher as well as being in school was alway something Cawood enjoyed.
“I loved going to school, there were teachers that really made a difference in my life throughout school,” the Dalton native said.
Cawood is a 2005 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School.
When the time came for college, Cawood said “education was always the choice for me.” She earned her bachelors in early childhood education from Dalton State College in 2010.
The City Park Elementary School teacher is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). PAGE is a statewide professional organization for educators, administrators and support personnel.
The scholarships are awarded to PAGE members pursuing advanced degrees in education and who agree to teach in Georgia for three years.
Cawood is a PAGE representative for City Park, where she has taught fifth grade for the last three years.
Before that she taught for three years in Ethiopia.