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Teachers of the Year

Held annually, Give Our Schools A Hand celebrates more than 120 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!

Barbie Esquijarosa, A.L. Burruss Elementary

Barbie teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages for all grades at A.L. Burruss Elementary for Marietta City Schools. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and will receive a master’s degree in Reading Instruction from The University of West Georgia in May 2020.

Barbie is in her 12th year as an educator, and has a deep passion for community service and educating minorities.¬† She is an active member in the Marietta community as an A.L. Burruss Family Facilitator, a Family Group Leader and Women’s Group Facilitator at the North River Church of Christ.

Barbie enjoys family time with her husband, Alexis, and her daughters, Amaya and Leilani. She enjoys vacations to South Florida beaches, Destin and Savannah.


Cindy Wadsworth, Kemp Elementary

Cindy began in the Cobb County School District as a middle school student at Mabry Middle. After graduating from Lassiter, she attended KSU, where she received an undergraduate and graduate degree. Cindy began teaching in 1994, married her husband Matthew, had two baby girls who she stayed home with while they were little, and returned to teaching when her children started school.

Besides being a third-grade teacher at Kemp Elementary School, Cindy has been a professional learning facilitator for CCSD, a new teacher mentor, a summer school teacher for Title I students, and a proctor and tutor for home-schooled children in her community.

Cindy’s life is currently inundated with all things college, as she has a senior at Hillgrove, a sophomore at SCAD, and is finishing her own Specialists’ Degree at University of West Georgia.


For more information on the Teacher of the Year program, contact Jani Dix at 770-859-2335 or


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