TOTY Spotlight: Samantha Hayes

Throughout the month of November, we will be introducing you to the 2022-2023 Glynn County Teachers of the Year.

Samantha Hayes was named Teacher of the Year at Goodyear Elementary School. She has taught second-, third- and fifth-grade over the course of her six years in education. Here are some awesome things you should know.


Family: My husband Greyson Cato. We just got married on October 3rd.

Who is your role model? My sissie, Aunt Shannon, is an amazing teacher and role model for me. I've always wanted to be a teacher like her. 

What book has most influenced you? "Teach Like a Champion" by Lemov.

What is your greatest teaching memory? When my student won a major award and ran off the stage and hugged me and told me he hoped I was proud of him.

What is your favorite quote or personal motto? "Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created." – Esther 4:14
What is a fact about you that most people don't know? I enjoy creating things and crafting.

Any hidden talents or hobbies? I can sew, crochet, and embroider.