Teacher in Focus
Sondra Lee, 5th Grade, Glanton Elementary
by Celia Shortt
Sondra Lee is a fifth grade teacher at Glanton Elementary School in Grantville. She is in her 30th year of teaching and her 17th year in the Coweta County School System.
Why did you go into teaching?
It never crossed my mind to be a teacher when I was younger. However, I did always have the tendency to want to “tell and show.” I found my comfort zone there.
Throughout your teaching career, what have you taught?
I taught special education for high schoolers. I also taught in the middle grades. Then I decided to try something different. My love is the fifth grade.
What do you do for fun?
We (my family) live out in the country, and I love being outdoors, playing with our animals, gardening, etc. Also, I spend a lot of time at my church. I’m in the choir. One of my favorite things to do is sing. I teach sunday school to pre-schoolers, do Awana (Vacation Bible School) with middle schoolers, and help with administrative work.
What is your favorite movie?
The Harry Potter series.
What is your favorite part of teaching? Watching children develop fully — from not getting it, to getting it and enjoying it, then applying it to everyday tasks. What is the one thing you would tell students? Be yourself and be your best self. You don’t have to put on airs and pretend to be someone you’re not.