3 teachers chosen for 'Teacher of the Year' in Cobb County - CBS46 News

3 teachers chosen for 'Teacher of the Year' in Cobb County

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Rachael Sanford, Harrison High School (Source: Cobb County School District) Rachael Sanford, Harrison High School (Source: Cobb County School District)
Fred Veeder, Dodgen Middle School(Source: Cobb County School District) Fred Veeder, Dodgen Middle School(Source: Cobb County School District)
Dawn Harrell, Nickajack Elementary School (Source: Cobb County School District) Dawn Harrell, Nickajack Elementary School (Source: Cobb County School District)
COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Three teachers from Cobb County Schools were recognized as Teacher of the Year on Wednesday.

Superintendent Chris Ragsdale surprised Dawn Harrell of Nickajack Elementary School, Fred Veeder of Dodgen Middle School and Rachael Sanford of Harrison High School.

"All of these emotions flooded out of me," said Harrell after hearing her name announced. "I'm passionate about what I do. I love our teachers. I love our students. Whatever I can do to help a student, help a family, help the teachers, that's what I'm willing to do."

Veeder has been teaching at Dodgen for 15 years.

He said he was completely taken by surprise when Ragsdale announced his name.

"When I was sitting there and the other teachers around me saw [Superintendent Ragsdale] walk in, they said 'Fred, Fred, you are going to win! You are going to win!"

For Sanford, learning she was chosen as "Teacher of the Year" moved her to tears. She has been teaching for nearly 20 years. 

"Being a teacher means serving others, serving children, serving parents, serving other teachers," said Sanford who teaches English. "One of the most important things you can do is to share your knowledge and your experience with other people."

A perk of earning "Teacher of the Year" title, is getting to drive a brand new car for a year.

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