2019-2020 Teacher of the Year

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year - Terezie Rice
Posted on 08/07/2019
TOTYGrowing up behind the Iron Curtain in communist Czechoslovakia, Terezie Fuchsova Rice always dreamed of the West. After the 1989 Velvet Revolution, Terezie saw her opportunity. She convinced her parents to cash in her dowry and came to the US as an exchange student. Terezie obtained both a BA and Master’s of Art Education from the University of West Georgia. Her Master’s Thesis and Art Show entitled “City of A Hundred Spires,” displayed both her love of culture, and mastery of variety of art media, still seen in her lessons today. A twenty year veteran, Terezie continues to lead the way in an ever changing art discipline. Terezie currently teaches at South Douglas Elementary, where she is active with the experiences of her students. In addition to sponsoring Art Club, she cosponsors Road Runners. She provides expertise by designing and completing multiple media for numerous after school events, including student performances. She champions “Paint Night” fundraisers with both teachers and parents. She is an active member of the GAEA, attending and presenting at annual conferences. Drawing on her childhood experiences, she is often a guest speaker in social studies classes with her lecture “I Survived Communism,” an interactive look of life behind the Iron Curtain. Terezie is particularly proud she has been a mentor 6 student teachers, several of whom continue to serve in Douglas County. Terezie lives in the South Douglas community with her husband Brian, and sons Zander, 14, and Drake, 11.
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