The Georgia Teacher of the Year (GTOY) program strives to promote and retain quality teachers. The GTOY serves as an ambassador for education, traveling the state speaking to various educators and community groups. The GTOY also competes in the National Teacher of the Year Program, representing Georgia at several national conferences with other State Teachers of the Year. District Teachers of the Year are provided professional development and honored at a state recognition banquet. In a surprise announcement, the GTOY is named from a pool of ten finalists at the state recognition banquet.
To adapt to the realities of COVID-19, the 2021 Georgia Teacher of the Year program will be suspended. The conference and gala planned for this May have been postponed to 2021, and there will be no applications due to the state in December 2020. The next application due date will be December 2021.
The current 2021 Teacher of the Year cohort (the application that was due in December 2019) will become the 2022 cohort so we can ensure these teachers are recognized fully. No finalists will be named this year; finalists from the current cohort (the application due in December 2019) will be named next year. The current Georgia Teacher of the Year, Tracey Pendley, has agreed to extend her term through the upcoming school year.
This decision was made with the best interest of school districts in mind after surveying all district Teacher of the Year coordinators. Detailed guidance has been shared with district coordinators.
Please contact Keisha Ford-Jenrette at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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