On Wednesday, August 12, Chatham Academy Principal, Mrs. Carolyn Hannaford, will be awarded the Alpha Delta Kappa Excellence in Education Award for the state of Georgia. The award recognizes members of Alpha Delta Kappa for their outstanding contributions in education. Awards are based on professional dedication, knowledge, skills, professional achievement and success, school/community contributions to the educational process and active involvement in Alpha Delta Kappa.
Carolyn is currently Associate Director of Royce Learning Center and Principal of Chatham Academy, and is no stranger to achieving the impossible for the sake of a greater good. In 1978, Carolyn agreed to fulfill the head role at Chatham Academy, opening a school for special education with an empty building and a few short months to prepare for the school year. She advocated for the school’s mission, enrolled the support of a Board of Directors, co-created curriculum, and in three short months, Carolyn made it happen. Chatham Academy was established and opened with seven students. Savannah’s first and only school specifically for students with learning difficulties has helped children to flourish with the resources necessary for an innovative, educational experience.
Carolyn has developed a proven method for assisting students and their families to become their absolute best. Over the years, she has built a team of highly skilled, motivated, and driven teachers and staff who love their job, and she has worked diligently to make Chatham Academy a premier institution for children with learning differences who need a different way of teaching in order to learn. By recognizing Carolyn with the Excellence in Education Award, Alpha Delta Kappa can elevate teachers to see the possibilities, hope and light available through true service and integrity on the teaching and learning journey.
The award coincides with the commemoration of Royce Learning Center’s 50th
anniversary. As Leaders in Learning, Royce believes education has the ability to transform lives. They remain committed to enabling children and adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and literacy needs reach their maximum potential educationally, emotionally and socially by providing comprehensive services to learners of all ages.