Special needs teacher takes top Forsyth County education honor

Forsyth county teacher Maleah Stewart (pictured with plaque) poses with school district officials after winning 2017 teacher of the year honors.
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Forsyth county teacher Maleah Stewart (pictured with plaque) poses with school district officials after winning 2017 teacher of the year honors.

A longtime Forsyth County special needs educator has been named the school district’s 2017 teacher of the year. Maleah Stewart was honored at the school system’s annual Celebration of Excellence luncheon at the Forsyth Conference Center recently. She is a speech pathologist at North Forsyth Middle School.

Stewart was one of three finalists. The other two were Shiloh Point Elementary School kindergarten teacher Maggie Tompkins and Forsyth Central High School Advanced Placement English language teacher Michele Dugan.

The annual luncheon also recognizes parent leaders, mentors and volunteers at the schools.

Stewart will now represent Forsyth County in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition, with the chance to advance to the national level.