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2017-2018 Staff of the Year Chosen
Ms. Melody Hall, Teacher of the Year
Thank you my Coralwood Family for selecting me as your teacher of the year. I appreciate this prestigious recognition. Education is my passion. I have endeavored in other fields of employment such as the military but have always returned to my love, TEACHING. I currently hold a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. I am certified in, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Throughout life I am guided by my high school motto “Nil Sine Magno Labore”, Nothing is achieved without hard work. With that in mind I set high standards for myself and my students. As an educator I believe in collaborative efforts and that it is the cornerstone for student achievement. We have witnessed here at Coralwood how working as a team supports the education and development of our students.
It is such a pleasure working with my Coralwood Family and I am looking forward to our future years.
Ms. Arelys Lopez, Educational Support I Person of the Year

It is truly a privilege and an honor to have been selected for the Educational Support Person of the Year I for Coralwood. I graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies in 2005. I moved to Georgia shortly after and began working for the school systems. My career began in the Clayton County School District and after eight years, I was hired for a position at Coralwood. That was the best interview I’ve ever had and I was so excited to join the Coralwood family; you couldn’t get me in the door fast enough!

To quote Dalai Lama, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” I truly embrace that with the students, staff, and parents here at Coralwood. Each and every day I do my best to give my all to support the Coralwood Family. I love and believe in the wonderful children and awesome staff. Coming to work every day and being a part of this fantastic community is my reward.

Ms. Leslie Hicks, Educational Support II Person of the Year
I am honored to have been chosen as Coralwood’s ESPOTY II! I have always had a passion for language, which led me to pursue bachelors’ degrees in Romance Languages and Linguistics from the University of Georgia. Upon finishing my undergraduate degrees, I moved to Nashville to complete my master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University. I joined the “Coralwood family” in 2014 after moving to Decatur, where I live with my husband Atticus and son, Rowan (5-months). I have always enjoyed working with the pediatric population, and I am thankful to come to work each day in such a supportive and inclusive environment. Each student has a voice, whether it be in the form of verbal speech, pictures, sign language, or a communication device, and that voice deserves to be heard. It is my goal as a speech-language pathologist to foster the communication skills of our students, as the ability to communicate is essential for future academic success. 
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