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April 17, 2018 – State
School Superintendent Richard Woods today announced the 10 finalists for
2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
finalists were chosen from a pool of 150 applicants; all had been previously
selected as their school district’s Teacher of the Year. The applications were
read by a panel of judges that included teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the
Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The
finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.
certainly be a difficult decision for our panel of judges to choose who
should be the 2019 Teacher of the Year," Superintendent Woods said.
"It is evident upon meeting each finalist that they treat education
as more than just a profession -- it is their calling. It is my
honor to meet each of them as they all are obviously dedicated, quality
met with a panel of judges for a formal interview and gave speeches during
a finalist luncheon April 16. The winner will be announced May 19, 2018.
Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation,
serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession in Georgia. He or she will
also be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
The 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Mr. John R. Tibbetts, an economics
teacher at Worth County High School in Worth County Schools.
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2019 Georgia Teacher of
the Year Finalists*
Shaylen Dixon, third grade,
Peachtree City Elementary School, Fayette County Schools
Doug Doblar, fourth and fifth grade mathematics and
science, R.D. Head Elementary School, Gwinnett County Schools
Kerley, third grade, Barnwell Elementary School, Fulton County Schools
Lawrence, English, George Washington Carver High School, Muscogee County
Rogers, English, Thomas County Middle School, Thomas County Schools
Stewart, speech-language pathologist, North Forsyth Middle School, Forsyth
Thompson, English/gifted, Veterans High School, Houston County Schools
Thompson, science, Georgia Academy for the Blind, State Schools
Vidrine, mathematics, Woodstock Middle School, Cherokee County Schools
Yeargin, mathematics, Troup High School, Troup County Schools
are listed in alphabetical order by last name