Cobb Chamber ‘Teacher of the Year’ uses real-world applications to engage students at GHC

Accounting takes on a new life in Annette Maddox’s classes at Georgia Highlands College (GHC). Students take a hard look at real company practices when working through their course material, applying their newly learned skills to real-world applications.

“Students are more likely to be engaged in the material when I can show how it relates to a real company,” Maddox said.

The Professor of Accounting was recently recognized as a “Teacher of the Year” during the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Give Our Schools A Hand (GOSH) program celebration breakfast.

Maddox has been with GHC and has taught on GHC’s Marietta Campus since the fall of 2007, beginning as an instructor and then being promoted to full professor. Using her experience in public accounting, Maddox is able to reach her students by relating course material to real company practices and by providing extra assistance when needed.

“My students are always encouraged to stop me at any point during class to ask questions and are always welcome in my office or via Zoom for one-on-one help.”

Maddox holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Alfred University, in Alfred, NY, along with a Master’s in Accountancy from the University of Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys sports and the outdoors.

Held annually, GOSH is a celebration that honors more than 120 “Teachers of the Year” from Cobb County, Marietta City and post-secondary education systems. This salute to public education is one of the largest in the nation.