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James honored at GSU football game opener as Ford’s Teacher of the Game
Elizabeth Love James
Elizabeth Love James
James class
Front row (L to R): Paige Gibson, Peyton Iddins, Ella Kate Davis, and Preston Phillips. Middle row: Paisley Driggers, Hailea Guerrero, Akari Callaway, Jayce Kilby, Makayla Sharpe, and Turner Johnson. Back row: Kailani Anthony, Brooklyn Shuman, Jase Shuman, Mrs. James, Tyler Robles, Gabriel Howell, and CJ Purdiman. Not pictured: Benjamin Brown.

Tattnall County teacher Elizabeth Love James was honored this past Saturday, September 3, 2022, at the Georgia Southern University (GSU) football season opener as Ford’s Teacher of the Game.  

Her fourth-grade homeroom at North Tattnall Elementary School was also chosen and featured on the big screen during the game as was Elizabeth.

GSU and the Southeast Ford Dealers have partnered this football season to celebrate teachers, and James was especially honored to be the first one chosen.

James stated that she was contacted last week by GSU Sport Properties regarding the “Teacher of the Game” campaign. She was nominated by the College of Education Department, with her name selected among several from a list. James is a 2012 graduate of GSU and is currently hosting her second GSU student teacher.

She has distinguished herself as a teacher and as a Family Peer Ambassador for parents of children who need assistance, advice, and guidance with their autistic child.  Reid, at three years of age, was diagnosed with autism.  James has been relentless in her research and pursuit of information for her family and other families to spread awareness and acceptance of autism and to help families in securing therapy sources and support for their child.

In addition to the honor to James, her fourth-grade homeroom students were surprised with a gift of free book bags and supplies. James was given free tickets to the game as well. 

Many of her students attended the September 3 game as well as Elizabeth’s parents, Keith and Leslie Love; in-laws, Ray and Rhonda James; and best friend, Sarah Craft and her family, Brent and Brenley Craft.

Elizabeth, Trey, and Reid also enjoyed watching the GSU victorious football game against the Morgan State Bears, 59 to 7, in club level seats provided for them.  It was also Reid’s first GSU football game he has attended.