Cartersville Middle School teacher Cissi Adams has been named the Cartersville City School System's Teacher of the Year.
The announcement was made Wednesday at a luncheon to honor the nominees for the 2014 award.
Adams, an eighth-grade language arts teacher, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of West Georgia in middle grades education and a master's degree in early childhood education and specialist degree in teaching and learning from Piedmont College.
She is in her 17th year in education, all of which she's spent with the Cartersville school system.
Adams credits her mother, a teacher for 40 years, and the amazing teachers she had as her biggest influences in her decision to pursue education as a career.
Her greatest contributions to education, Adams said, stems from being able to share her life with her students, turning them on to learning and sending them off to high school with confidence in themselves to do and be the very best person they can be.
“One of her greatest strengths as a teacher is taking that student who is lacking confidence, whether as a student or a person, and nurturing them, teaching them, mentoring them, coaching them, and most of all loving them unconditionally," said Cartersville Middle School principal Jeff Hogan.