Teacher In Focus
Candace Cochran, 8th grade, Madras Middle
by Celia Shortt
Candace Cochran is a teacher at Madras Middle School. She teaches eighth grade gifted language arts and literature and is in her tenth year as a teacher.
Why did you become a teacher?
Growing up, I was really fortunate to have great teachers. They used the curriculum as a vehicle for bigger life lessons and to empower us. I hope to do that with my kids.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
The laughter. I can be silly and get my corny jokes out to an audience who won’t judge me too badly.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
I’d be the host of a nature travel show - the person who would get to to there and have witty barter with others.
Where are you from?
I’m from the area. I grew up in Peachtree City.
What do you do for fun?
I hike, go to Braves games, and I just got into indoor rock climbing. My favorite places to hike are Cloudland Canyon and Providence Canyon.
What is your favorite movie?
What is the one thing you hope your students learn?
Figure out what really does matter to you, and focus on those things that matter. Don’t ever put yourself in a position where you say you could have done more or you could have done better.