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Mr. Hataway of Bleckley County Middle School is this week's My Teacher is Tops

The Bleckley County community gave him the feeling that he needed to be teaching where he served.

COCHRAN, Ga. — For this week's My Teacher is Tops, our Junior Journalist, Owen Bowers, went to Bleckley County Middle School to honor social studies teacher Mr. Hataway.

Hataway, who grew up in Warner Robins, has been teaching for seventeen years, beginning his journey at Bleckley County Middle School for the last three years.

Mr. Hataway, who is a pastor on the weekends at two different churches in neighboring counties, says that the community gave him a feeling that he needed to be teaching where he served. 

Leah Bryant, the student who nominated him, says he's a very creative, generous and kind-hearted teacher. Leah said, "She loves having him as her seventh-grade social studies teacher," 

To keep students motivated and consistently participating in his class, he rewards them with candy, so much so he has to refill his candy bucket every one to two weeks, the class says.

Mr. Hataway says he loves being around kids and making them the center of his life. 

"I love spending my days in the classroom trying to make a difference in kids' lives," he says. 

Congratulations, Mr. Hataway!

Do you have an amazing teacher? If so, we want to honor them!

Junior Journalists love to surprise your top teachers, so be sure to send in your nominations.

Students can do that by writing us a letter or email.

Send letters to:

My Teacher is Tops

1314 Gray Highway

Macon, Georgia 31211 

or email us at myteacheristops@13wmaz.com

You can also send us a video on the 13WMAZ app.

Make sure to include your name, your teacher's name and what school you attend.

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