Micah Bradbury, sixth grade English/Language Arts teacher, is the Athens City Middle School and Athens City Schools 5-8 Teacher of the Year, an honor bestowed upon him by his colleagues at ACMS.
Bradbury began his teaching career in 2004 at ACMS and during the past eight years, he has served as a teacher for multiple subjects, including Spanish One, Spanish Two, Spanish-Related Arts, Direct Instruction Math, eighth grade Math, seventh grade English/Language Arts, American History and Psychology.
Becoming an educator wasn’t a choice, but more of a calling for Bradbury.
“There were two primary motivations [for my choosing to become an educator],” said Bradbury. “First, I felt a real sense of calling to work with young people. Second, I had a strong desire to be immersed in a learning environment.”
Athens City Middle School principal, Mike Simmons, is grateful for Bradbury’s choice and his dedication to the profession.
“Mr. Bradbury is a team player with the ability to provide first-rate instruction to our students in a diverse array of subjects,” said Mr. Mike Simmons, principal of ACMS. “His colleagues and I admire his dedication to ACMS and teaching our students.”
Below, Bradbury shares, in his own words, why he is passionate about teaching and goals for his students.
What do you like best about working at Athens City Middle School?
I truly value the positive, professional, and caring culture that is consistently evident among my colleagues at ACMS.
What do you believe to be the most important thing you teach your students?
I attempt to model and instill a personal value for quality and excellence in all areas of life. I believe this disposition will serve all students well for both present and future life responsibilities.
What is your goal for your students?
My goal is for all students to grow in the ability to interact with a variety of literary texts in various print and media formats. I also want students to take their oral and written communication skills to the next level. Finally, I hope that each one will develop a greater passion for reading.
What is your hope for the future of Athens City Schools?
I hope to see a continuing commitment to connecting our students with emerging computer technologies in order to maximize classroom engagement and broaden real-world application within our curricula across the System.
Is there someone who serves as a role model for you as a teacher?
As a teacher, I have been greatly challenged and encouraged to continue growing and improving by many on the ACMS staff. Also, my principal, Mr. Mike Simmons, has been an invaluable role model to me in both my professional and personal life.