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Candace Torrence named Marietta City Schools “Teacher of the Year”

Candace Torrence, a fifth-grade teacher at A.L. Burruss Elementary (ALB), was named the Marietta City Schools (MCS) 2024 Teacher of the Year. The prestigious recognition was announced at an event honoring MCS employees earlier today. Torrence, one of twelve exemplary teachers nominated for their respective schools, was ultimately chosen to represent the entire district.

"Each day in the classroom is an opportunity to change a life, to ignite a spark, and to guide our future leaders towards their potential," said Ms. Torrence. "This is an honor, but the true reward comes from seeing the growth and success of my students. To every student who has entered my classroom: You are my motivation, my pride, and my 'why.' Remember, I am your teacher for a year, but a friend forever."

Teachers of the Year are nominated by their peers and then selected through an intensive application, observation, and interview process. This prestigious recognition highlights those teachers who inspire students to "Be Somebody" by fostering an environment of individuality, aspiration, and empowerment. It's not just about academic success but also about nurturing students to develop a strong sense of self, a critical understanding of the world, and the confidence to contribute positively to their communities.

Ms. Torrence brings more than a decade of experience to the classroom. She began ALB’s first Jr. Beta Club, where scholars determine needs in their school and community and work collaboratively to find viable solutions. She also is a leader for the ALB Showstoppers, the school drama program with more than 50 students.

"Candace's unwavering commitment to the success and well-being of every student she teaches is a testament to her character and the essence of her teaching philosophy," said Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera. "As Superintendent, I am proud to work alongside such an incredible educator. Her impact reaches far beyond the classroom walls and into the heart of our community."

Ms. Torrence has served at various schools throughout Georgia, including D.H. Stanton (BAMO Academy) and Deerwood Academy in Atlanta Public Schools, and Idlewood Elementary in Dekalb County Schools. She has been a key part of the Marietta City Schools community since 2017, touching hundreds of lives at A.L. Burruss Elementary.

Her commitment to her students, her profession, and the values of the Marietta City Schools exemplify what it means to truly be “Special. Different. Better.”in the field of education.