Dr. Aimee Cribbs
AUSTIN, Texas – PeopleAdmin, a leader in talent management software for K-12 and higher education, today announced the latest honoree of its Inspired2Educate recognition program. Aimee Cribbs, Ed.D., an adjunct professor of graduate studies and teacher preparation at Piedmont College and an art and health teacher at Ellijay Elementary School in Georgia, submitted a video about what inspired her to choose education as her life’s work.
“I can say without a doubt that being in Mrs. Scholz fourth-grade class influenced my career choice and shaped the human being I’ve grown up to be,” Dr. Cribbs narrated in her animated video. “I can’t remember the topics we studied over three decades ago, but I can remember how Mrs. Scholtz made me feel. She made me feel intelligent, important, and capable of anything I set my mind to doing,”
Kermit S. Randa, CEO of PeopleAmin, presented and Inpired2Educate award and scholarship to Dr. Cribbs at a ceremony at Ellijay Elementary School in front of the school district’s elementary teachers and staff as they prepared for a new school year. The school also received a scholarship.
“The creativity and passion Aimee Cribbs displayed in her video submission are the same traits that make her such an incredible educator to students of all ages,” Randa said. “We are honored to share her story and are truly inspired by her unending commitment to change the world, one young mind at a time. That is truly what Inspired2Educate is all about.”
In her video, Dr. Cribbs credits Mrs. Scholz with teaching her the importance of a solid work ethic, respect for diversity, and critical thinking both in and out of the classroom — lessons she now uses each day to inspire her classrooms of grad school and grade school students.
“I believe in myself and my ability to leave the world a better place,” she said. “Twenty years and thousands of students after my first day in the classroom, I still trust that nothing has the power to shape the future like education.”
Lauree Pierce, principal at Ellijay Elementary School, praised Dr. Cribbs’ unifying ability to inspire students and peers of all backgrounds and beliefs. “What Aimee has done has really brought an awareness to the school community that we are all people. Although we have different customs and differences, at the core, we’re all very similar,” she said.