Ninth Grade Academy

Dr. Patsy Lewis

  • Instructor of: English

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I began my career in education with White County High School in 1988. All of my teaching experience has been in the White County School System, and I can't imagine working any other place. Through the years, I have been fortunate to increase my knowledge through adding degrees and branching into other areas of education. Although being assistant principal at WCMS was valuable and an experience for which I will be forever grateful, I discovered that I was called to be a teacher, not an administrator. I returned to my first love: teaching students in a classroom. I am blessed to be working at the Ninth Grade Academy and White County High School. I have come full circle.

After all these years, I still love teaching and would do this job without pay because my payment comes from the wonderful students I have taught throughout the years. After a life time of teaching in the same county, I am now teaching the children of people I taught early in my career. It is an extremely humbling experience to be such a relic in an ever-changing field. I embrace every new opportunity to improve and become an even better teacher.

Many people refer to the job they do as just teaching. I do more than "just teach." I touch lives forever, and I make people believe that they can do anything. I am a master gardener! I plant seeds in the minds of bright, wonderful students and wait to see what blooms. I have the best profession in the world!


  • 1996 - Future Educator Association Sponsor
  • 1997 - Teacher of the Year for White County High School
  • 2002 - Adjunct Professor at North Georgia College and State University
  • 2004 - National Board Certified Teacher - AYA/ELA
  • 2005 - Entered Georgia State Doctorate Program in Education Policy Studies
  • 2006 - Presenter at the National Future Educators Association Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • 2007 - PSC Content Review panel
  • 2007 - Graduation Coach at White County High School
  • 2007 - Presented at the Graduation Coach Conference in Macon, Ga with Stacey Allen
  • 2008 - Presented at the National Dropout Convention in Atlanta, GA
  • 2008 - Passed comprehensive exams for doctorate
  • 2009 - Became a teacher at White County Ninth Grade Academy
  • 2009 - Became a substitute teacher at the Lumpkin Mountain Education Center High School
  • 2010 - Graduation Coach at the Lumpkin Mountain Education Center High School
  • 2010 - Assistant to Trilla Pruitt in the Curriculum Department of MEC
  • 2011 - Site director (principal) at Lumpkin Mountain Education Center High School
  • 2011 - Presented Prospectus Defense November 11, 2011 at 11:00 for Georgia State University
  • 2011 - Teacher of the Year Ninth Grade Academy
  • 2012-2014 - Assistant Principal/Academic Coach WCMS
  • 2013 - Completed Dissertation at Georgia State University
  • 2014 - Returned to the classroom at WCHS and NGA
  • 2016 - Completed gifted certification
  • 2016 - Technology Presenter at WCSS Technology Workshop
  • 2017 - Technology Presenter at WCSS Technology Workshop