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Meet the CCSD Teacher: Farran Cheatwood of Creekland MS!

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Farran Cheatwood of Creekland MS!

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s dedicated teachers … and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam



Farran Cheatwood
Creekland Middle School 
Eighth-grade Georgia Studies teacher 

What’s the most innovative idea that you’ve tried in your classroom? 
The most innovative idea I have implemented into my classroom is bringing the Georgia Studies curriculum to life for my students by creating authentic learning experiences.  To do so, my team and I have built partnerships with community members.  A few of the partnerships I am most proud of include a local Cherokee County judge and the Atlanta History Center.  With our judge guest speaker, our classes came alive with discussion and real-life applicability.  The history center helped my team and I turn our classrooms into museum exhibits with historical artifacts and immersed our students into other time periods. With our partners in the community at our sides, students worked in collaborate groups to explore real-life problems and events.  By enriching Georgia Studies content with authentic experiences, our students become actively engaged in their own learning. 

Who is the best teacher you ever had and what made him or her special?
My enthusiasm for teaching and making a difference in a child’s life has stemmed from the abundance of amazing teachers I have encountered over the course of my educational career.  One of the best teachers I have ever had was Mrs. Frost.  Mrs. Frost genuinely cared about each of her students.  She continuously fostered a positive and respectful learning environment and encouraged me to reach my full potential. 

What can parents do to prepare their children for learning?
Encourage your child to ask questions, take risks, push themselves, and self-advocate.  Display a positive attitude towards learning and most importantly, spend time with them. 

What are the obstacles to getting all kids to achieve?
Building self-confidence and getting students to understand that it’s OK to make mistakes.  I want all my students to understand that they are all capable of great success in and out of the classroom.