Sandra  Worsham

Milledgeville, Georgia
Total years as a classroom teacher: 30

Career Highlights

  • Sandra Worsham is a published writer who currently gives seminars and workshops in the teaching of writing.

  • With a community service grant from Milken, Worsham led students of
    all ability levels, grades nine through twelve, in a story-gathering
    project that resulted in a published book entitled Everybody Has a Story
    to Tell: Stories from Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville. This 259-page
    book, professionally printed and bound, contains stories gathered from
    110 community members, largely senior citizens, as told to students of
    Baldwin High School. It is now in its second printing and has been sold
    throughout the United States. Proceeds are divided evenly between the
    local Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

  • Worsham started Rain Dance Review, a literary magazine twenty years
    ago. It is supported by community patrons and publishes the writing of
    all ability levels of children, including special education students and
    advanced placement students.

  • She founded a county-wide writing program which is still in existence
    today. This program is in the forrn of a contest with many writers.
    Each classroom in the county has three winners, each of whom get a
    “Celebrated Writer” certificate. The grade level winners receive a
    “Celebrated Writer” t-shirt, and the county level winners receive a
    plaque presented at a school board meeting. The contest culminates when
    children of all ages read their writing from center stage at the mall
    all day on a Saturday. In addition, all winners are published in a
    special supplement in the local newspaper.

  • Worsham developed “Helping Circles” where students help one another
    learn to write better. She presents this teaching concept at seminars
    across the nation.

    “Ms. Worsham has touched many lives, including mine. Leaving her
    class with the knowledge of her retirement was hard. However, we knew
    that it was her time to move on. It was not the end, for she would go on
    helping others see the truth in themselves through writing. Her
    workshops would help to make teachers better at teaching and reaching
    out to the students. She most definitely has inspired us all!” —
    Geoffrey Terrill Grimes, former student

    “Sandra helped our son, who has a learning disability, believe for
    the first time that he could learn … That he could read and
    understand; that he could write and express himself; that he could find a
    place in the world and be a success…Because of the foundation Sandra
    helped him build, our son can read a map, street signs, and literature
    relating to the marketing business in which he works. He can write
    orders and teach customers how to use the equipment that he sells. He
    can and does travel throughout the United States meeting people in all
    walks of life as an equal – in good measure because Sandra Worsham was
    his teacher.” — Parents of former student

    “Ms. Worsham is one of a kind. I was saddened to hear that she was
    retiring. She’s the kind of teacher that I wanted to be around to teach
    my grandchildren. Today she is still very involved in the community,
    writing, and being a good role model fora all those who get to know her.
    She hasn’t stopped teaching! The Baldwin County School System is so
    much better because she gave so many years for our future leaders of
    America. In a time when we recognize our favorite sports heroes, I am
    pleased to be able to recommend Ms. Sandra Worsham for the Teacher Hall
    of Fame Award. She gave over and beyond the call of duty as a teacher,
    friend, and leader in our county and state.” — Shirley Noles, parent of
    four former students

    “If there is indeed such a person as a ‘born teacher,’ Sandra Worsham
    is that person. I have known Sandra for many years – first as her
    teacher in graduate school and the as her colleague and friend. I don’t
    think that I have ever been prouder of one of my students! Sandra has
    shown a nearly constant dedication to the teaching of writing and has
    become nationally acclaimed for her idea of the writers’ helping circle
    and for her work with the writing habits of average students.” — Sarah
    Gordon, professor of English, Georgia College and State University

    “There is not a better example of a teacher than Sandra Worsham.” — Judy Ivey, school board member and parent of former student

    “A colleague who sometimes teaches basic-level classes says she
    always prefers to get kids after they’ve had Sandra’s class because they
    are so superior in classroom behavior and attitude.” — Claire Shepard,
    English Department Head, Baldwin High School

    “Ms. Worsham is a dedicated, professional, accomplished educator who
    has earned the respect of her peers and students.” — Gene Trammell,
    superintendent of schools, Baldwin County

    “Ms. Worsham has proven herself an exceptional teacher.” — Lyn Chandler, principal, Baldwin High School



Education Georgia Southern, Bachelor of Arts in English


Georgia College and State University, Master of Education


University of Georgia, Education Specialist

Teaching Experience


9-12 English, At-Risk, Writing, Literacy Magazine, Baldwin County, Milledgeville, Georgia

94, 79-80

Georgia College, part-time


Georgia Military College, part-time


8-12 English, John Milledge Academy


8-9 English, 8-9 Spanish, Jones County, Georgia

Special Recognition


Governor’s Award in the Humanities


ASCD Publication of Essential Ingredients: Recipes for Teaching Writing


Georgia Teachers Hall of Fame


Selected as presenter for “Seminars for Educational Excellence”


Milken National Educator Award


Georgia College Alumni Achievement Award


Semifinalist, Georgia Teacher of the Year


Baldwin County Teacher of the Year


Georgia Teacher of the Year