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Teachers of the Year

Held annually, Give Our Schools A Hand celebrates more than 130 Teachers of the Year from Cobb County, Marietta City and post-secondary education systems. Contratulations to the district Teachers of the Year from the Cobb County School District and Mairetta City Schools!


Paulette Allard, Cobb County School District

Paulette AllardAfter graduating from high school, Paulette Allard joined the Army and was trained as a nurse. After leaving the Army, Allard moved to Georgia and worked as an orthopedic/neurologic nurse until graduating from Georgia State University in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Biology. She then worked at Emory University in Research until earning her teaching certificate through Georgia TAP in 2004. Allard began teaching for Cobb County in 2004, completed her Masters in 2006 and her Specialists in Instructional Technology in 2014.

Allard currently teach Honors Biology and Honors Forensic Science at Harrison High School, as well as Environmental Science online for Cobb Virtual Academy.

When not teaching, Allard enjoys being with family, camping, golfing and kayaking. She particularly likes to kayak and snorkel with Florida manatees.

Susan Donlin, Marietta City Schools

Susan DonlinSusan Donlin is a teacher at Marietta Middle School. Susan taught 7th grade English Language Arts in inclusive classrooms before making the transition to the adaptive classroom to teach students with intellectual disabilities. Many of her students also have autism and/or physical disabilities. Susan is in her fifth year in the adapted curriculum program. Her students learn functional academics and are exposed to grade level standards, but also learn adaptive behavior and vocational skills. Her students enjoy learning to cook, wash dishes, use the washer/dryer and fold clothes. Students learn vocational skills while working at the student operated lemonade stand, working in the class garden and running the school wide recycling initiative.

Susan attended the University of South Alabama and majored in Special Education. After graduation, she worked with adults with intellectual disabilities in residential and vocational settings. Susan also worked in the field of early intervention care as a family care coordinator and as a director of an innovative inclusive preschool in Florida.

For several years, Susan explored employment outside the world of special education and worked as a system engineer in the customer training department of a computer graphics company. She created hands on lessons and developed and implemented courses to teach cartographers at the United States Geological Survey how to use the mapping software.

Susan and her husband, Richard, moved to Marietta with their two children, Hannah and Cooper, sixteen years ago. Their family expanded to include Anthony and Hanh Nguyen. Cooper is a senior at MHS and all of the other kids have graduated from MHS.

For more information on the Teacher of the Year program, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or


Presenting Sponsor:

Ed Voyles


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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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