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Newton's top educator

Eastside High School AP English Language and Composition teacher Ashley Rickard was named Newton County's 2014 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Thursday held at Newton High School.

Eastside High School AP English Language and Composition teacher Ashley Rickard was named Newton County's 2014 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Thursday held at Newton High School.

Eastside High School AP English Language and Composition teacher Ashley Rickard was named Newton County's 2014 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Thursday held at Newton High School. Rickard said she was "humbled" to be able to fulfill her calling as a teacher and to work with the students and fellow teachers at Eastside. "It's easy to be good when you are surrounded by greatness," she said. Here, Rickard, right, accepts a check presented to her by Debbie Harper with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce. Rickard also received a plaque, a crystal vase and a three-month lease of a Ford Escape courtesy of Covington Ford.

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Eastside High School AP English Language and Composition teacher Ashley Rickard was named Newton County's 2014 Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Thursday held at Newton High School.