Laney science teacher named Richmond County’s teacher of the year

(Featured image is of Terri Green, Richmond County’s teacher of the year, next to a 2023 EQB 300 4Matic SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Augusta, which she will have use of for one year. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News)

Teaching her students what they need to learn and motivating them to greatness is the goal of Terri Green.

On Sept. 28, the Lucy C. Laney High School teacher was named Richmond County’s Teacher of the Year at a banquet at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

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“Won’t He do it,” she said as she walked to the podium.

Green, who has taught for eight years, didn’t start out in education. She worked at the Augusta University Medical Center in the trauma unit and in admissions before she started substitute teaching.

Someone saw the passion in Green when it came to the classroom and told her that it was her calling, and she needed to teach. So, she went back to school to pursue her certification and is glad she did.

She teaches Advanced Placement classes in environmental science and biology including forensics. In some of her classes, she’s turned an area into a crime scene and the students have had to find the clues to determine what happened.

“She does a lot of activities to get you engaged,” said a student named Vertez in a video that was shown during the ceremony.

Terri Green is the Richmond County Teacher of the Year. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Green said she was humbled to receive the award and did so on behalf of all the teachers in the county.

“This is not just a personal achievement but a testament of the incredible dedication, resilience and passion that every educator in our county exhibits every day,” she said.

She was also pleased that she was the first high school teacher in more than a decade to be named teacher of the year. The program listed the county winners since 1984, and she’s the first to be named from Laney.

As the county teacher of the year, she received multiple gifts including the use of a 2023 EQB 300 4Matic SUV from Mercedes-Benz of Augusta and insurance for a year,, a diamond necklace from Windsor Jewelers, cash and gift cards.

All of the county’s 55 teachers of the year were recognized at the black-tie event. Their names were announced and they were escorted down a red carpet with their principals to receive their award.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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