Educators impact the lives of our children every day and rarely receive the recognition, pay and love they deserve. To celebrate and appreciate them for all that they do, G4C has chosen to shine a spotlight on educators who are serving as champions in our community and truly making a difference. Throughout each school year we will feature an Educator of the Year and Educator of the Month to show our gratitude for their willingness, sacrifice and GRACE.
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Jacquelyn Osborne was born in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 29 to Ray and Laura Howard. She is married to Edwin J. Osborne, Sr. and from that union had two sons, Edwin J. Osborne, Jr. and Jordan Ray Osborne (deceased). Her educational accomplishments include receiving her high school diploma from Boca Ciega High School in 1984, an Associates of Arts degree from St. Petersburg Community College in 1986, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Special Education from Florida State University in 1989 and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in 2010.
Mrs. Osborne has been a proud Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1987. While pursuing her degrees in higher education, Mrs. Osborne found her first love in helping children with Behavior Disorders. She began her career with Dekalb County Schools in Georgia in August of 1989 working with what was then Emotional/Behavior Disorders self-contained students from kindergarten through seventh grade, all at the same time. She taught at Fairington Elementary until 1991 then transferred to Brockett Elementary where she continued working with the same population for grades 5th-7th from 1991-1993. In 1993, Mrs. Osborne moved to Pinellas County, Florida to be with family and taught Emotional/Behavior Disorders self-contained students from 1993-1995.
In 1995, Mrs. Osborne moved back to Dekalb County and was elected Teacher of The Year, for the first time, for her dedication to Special Education. She continued working with the same student population as well as students with Learning Disabilities at Forest Hills Elementary from 1995-2005.
In 2005, Mrs. Osborne moved to Henry County, Georgia and has been teaching there ever since. Currently, she teaches fifth grade, general education students at Hickory Flat Elementary.
For 29 years of her 31-year career, Mrs. Osborne taught Special Education. And for the last 15 years, she has been dually certified to teach special education and general education up to 12th grade. Throughout her career, Mrs. Osborne has educated students with Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Mild Intellectual Disabilities from kindergarten through 5th grade. In 2020-2021 Mrs. Osborne was elected Teacher of the Year, for the second time, for her hard work and dedication at Hickory Flat Elementary.
EDUCATOR OF THE MONTH
Mrs. Lisa Millen
My name is Jennifer Magwood and I am the Speech Pathologist at Hickory Flat Elementary School in Henry County. I enjoy working with students and families to strengthen children’s communication skills. I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Bodine High School for International Affairs. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English literature and Spanish from Spelman College. I earned my Masters of Education in Communication Disorders from Georgia State University. I have worked as a Speech Pathologist for over 20 years in various settings in the metro Atlanta area.
My husband Brian and I have been married for almost 17 years. We are the proud parents of two children, Brian Jr. (14) and Brooke (8). We also have two guinea pigs and one hamster.
Mrs. Magwood’s Favorite things
· Anything Monogrammed! (JMD)
· Favorite Drink: Lemonade
· Hobbies: Traveling to the beach, spending time with my family, reading, and cooking
· Favorite Food: Chick-fil-A, Italian and Mexican
· Favorite Color: Purple
· Favorite Book:
Jennifer Magwood, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Hickory Flat Elementary