Abigale Haywood is the 2020 STAR Student for SCMHS

Mr. Jordan Arline chosen as her STAR Teacher

Seminole County Middle/High School (SCMHS) proudly announces Abigale Haywood as its 2020 STAR Student. Haywood, selected on the basis of his SAT scores, class standing and scholastic averages, has chosen Mr. Jordan Arline as her STAR teacher.

The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program, in its 62nd year, is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Department of Education.  Since its inception, the STAR program has honored thousands of students and the teachers selected on the basis of their SAT scores, class standing and scholastic averages.

STAR begins each year in participating high schools throughout Georgia when the STAR student is named and chooses a STAR teacher to share in this recognition.  The student and teacher are honored by their schools and receive special recognition in their communities from more than 200 statewide civic organizations and businesses that sponsor local programs.

The 2020 SCMHS STAR student, Abby  Haywood is the daughter of  Teresa Haywood and the granddaughter of Harold and Glenda Gordon. She has two siblings, Triston Haywood and Kelli Brock and is a proud native of Colquitt, Georgia. 

Abby is a member of the SCHS Lady Indians basketball team.  Among her long list of achievements, one of her proudest moments is her early acceptance to the University of Georgia.  She plans to attend UGA to pursue a career in research medicine. 

The 2020 SCMHS STAR teacher, Jordan Arline graduated from Seminole County and attended Albany State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education. Currently, he is furthering his education at Troy State University by obtaining his Masters of Education. He is married to Ronda Arline and has four daughters, all of whom he is very proud of.

In addition to teaching, Mr. Arline has been a pastor for 14 years and since 2017 he has been with the Spread the Word Ministries of Southwest Georgia.  He takes great pride in spreading the gospel to this generation. Mr. Arline founded and is the CEO of Men Leaning Forward, a non-profit organization responsible for mentoring and providing scholarships for numerous at-risk youth around Southwest Georgia.

“It has been an honor and joy to teach Abby.  I knew the first time that I taught her in the sixth grade that she was a special student. She is an exceptional student who displays above average academic ability. Not only is she super intelligent, but she is one of the funniest people I know. Aside from being serious about her work, she has a sense of humor and creative ability that makes her a joy to teach”, states Mr. Arline.

Haywood commented, “Mr. Arline teaches with great compassion and concern. He makes the content relatable and ensures that all of his students comprehend the material. From the smartest students to those who are less interested, he encourages everyone equally and motivates us to do the best we can do. He takes an interest in our problems and lets us know we are not alone. He notices every student regardless of how quiet or outgoing they are. Along with teaching the required lessons, he also includes important advice that will help us throughout our lives. He makes class fun with his great enthusiasm even when he is having a bad day. Mr. Arline cares about his students and most importantly he believes all of us can be successful. 

In 2014 he was deservingly chosen as Seminole Middle High School Teacher of the Year for all of his extra efforts. I was in his class in sixth grade and now as a Senior, he is still my favorite teacher. I am thankful for his compassion for all of his students, not just me, and I would not choose anyone else to be my STAR teacher”.

Dr. Cindy Bryant, Principal, shares, “The STAR recognition program was created to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding high school students and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. It is indeed an honor for Seminole County to have such deserving students and faculty to support this most prestigious program.  We congratulate both Abby and Mr. Arline on receiving these honors and recognition. One of the many rewards of serving as an administrator is having the opportunity to see students and faculty members honored in such a way as these two are being honored through the STAR program.  I am extremely proud of our faculty and student body at Seminole County Middle/High School and humbled to serve in helping prepare the young people of our county with the best possible education in leading them to become our citizens of tomorrow.  Congratulations again to Abby, Mr. Arline, their families and all who have had a part in achieving this highest of honors.”

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