Teacher of the Year 2023-2024

Ms. Valisa Mitchell

Educating the children of Terrell County has always been in my heart.  I am a 1984 graduate of Terrell County High School.  I have educated children in Terrell County for 34 years.  I have recently retired, but my plans are to return to Cooper-Carver in August and continue to educate “OUR” children. 

A little snippet about me, I have 3 wonderful children who all matriculated through the halls of Terrell County School System.  Kevin, my oldest, is in the Navy.  Jalen, my middle child, is a truck driver.  Jamya, my youngest and only daughter, recently graduated from Agnes Scott College and is preparing for her 2nd year at Georgia Tech.  Yes, I am a proud mother of 3 AWESOME kids and 3 grandchildren.

I graduated from “The” Albany State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I returned to ASU to complete my Early Childhood Education.  I graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Technology.  I have ESOL and Computer Science Endorsements.  I am certified in Google and Covic contract tracing.  

I have been a faithful member of Raines Baptist Church for over 18 years.  I am a member of the Women of Zion Choir, I am a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and I oversee our weekly Sunday School and Bible Study zoom.  I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and I am also a member of The Order of Eastern Stars. I am also a member of many Educational affiliations.

My hobbies include reading, baking cakes, traveling and I have a genuine love for God’s people.  

       My Teaching Philosophy

       So, my teaching motto is simple, “You can go anywhere from the Terrell County School System.” My teaching philosophy comes from my heart:  If other schools can, I believe Cooper-Carver CAN!   I believe all CCES students can learn, and the future of our nation is being built in the classrooms of Cooper-Carver.   It has been a privilege and an honor to have had a hand in educating our children in Terrell County for 34 years.  

Paraprofessional of the Year 2023-2024
Mr. Daimien Peters

My name is Daimien Peters. I am the middle child of Thomas and LaTosha Peters who have been married since December 17, 1994. I am a proud graduate of Westover Comprehensive High School from the class of 2022. I graduated with honors and received the Hope Scholarship. What influenced me to work with young children is that I have gained experience. I have had a summer job working with young children at Cooper Carver Elementary School in Terrell County Dawson, Georgia since I went to high school. I have helped mostly in the front office, but I have also helped as an assistant teacher during summer school a few times. I helped students with assignments if they had any trouble understanding. I am now glad to be the media paraprofessional at Cooper Carver. Having to teach or assist young children is not always easy as expected, but I manage to adapt and find innovative ways to teach them.