Purvis Jackson, Jacquelyn Pressley and David Campbell

From left, Hampton Middle School Principal Purvis Jackson congratulates teacher Jacquelyn Pressley as she receives a grant from Georgia Power Metro South Region External Affairs Manager David Campbell.

Hampton Middle School reading enrichment teacher Jacquelyn Pressley does more than just improve the language skills of her sixth- through eighth-grade students.

School Principal Purvis Jackson said Pressley is what all top administrators hope for in a new instructor.

“She is what principals dream about when it comes to new teachers,” he said in a statement. “She’s come in and quickly become ingrained in the faculty, staff and community.”

Jackson said “first and foremost,” students love her.

“And as an administration, we love to go into her class and see students growing by leaps and bounds,” he said.

Pressley is a Henry County Schools graduate, part of the Stockbridge High School class of 2010.

“I’m excited to give back to the students of Henry County as this is where I grew up,” she said in a statement.

Pressley’s degree is from Clayton State University.

“I worked hard in grad school and this is one example to let me know my work paid off,” she said. “It really means a lot.”

Pressley spoke upon receiving a $1,000 grant to purchase classroom supplies.

According to district spokesman J.D. Hardin, it also is to encourage her to stay in the profession.

“Georgia Power has visited Henry County Schools many times over the past few years to provide grants for new teachers,” he said in a statement.

The utility’s new teacher grant program began in 2004.

Schools of education at public colleges and universities submit nominations for individuals who are not only first-year teachers but also in the top 25 percent of their class academically with a high aptitude for teaching, according to a news release.

Georgia Power Metro South Region External Affairs Manager David Campbell presented the grant to Pressley.

“For the past fourteen years, Georgia Power Company has given to some of the top education graduates in the state of Georgia, and you are one of those graduates,” said Campbell. “We are proud of what you do and we thank you for your commitment to education and Hampton Middle School.”

It is not the first time a Hampton teacher earned the honor.

Kayon McFarlane, a seventh-grade math and social studies teacher, was among the 41 grantees in 2016.

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