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13, 2015 – State
School Superintendent Richard Woods today announced the finalists for 2016
Georgia Teacher of the Year.
10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 151 applicants who were selected as the
Teacher of the Year in their school districts. 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.
congratulate these 10 finalists for 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year,” said
Superintendent Woods. "I’m looking forward to working with this
extraordinary group of teachers to ensure our policies are child-focused and
the next several weeks, a panel of judges will conduct video observations and
interview each of the finalists. This week, finalists will also give a speech
at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power. The winner will be announced at the
Georgia Teacher of the Year conference during the luncheon on May 8, 2015, in
the Floyd Room at the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Veterans Memorial Building. The
conference, which is paid for through donations from sponsors, will honor each
local district Teacher of the Year.
2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation,
serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession. The winner will also be
entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Amanda Miliner, a fourth grade
teacher, from Miller Elementary in Warner Robins.
learn more about the Teacher of the Year program, click here.
Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists (in alphabetical order by district)
Subject, System, School
David Butler, Science
County, Rutland High
Logan, First Grade
City, Buford Elementary
Vlachakis, Information Technology
County, Sandy Creek High
County, Luella High
Canup, Media Resource Specialist/Online Instructor
County, East Jackson Comprehensive High
County, Jasper County High
Lester, Writing/Language Arts
County, St. Elmo Center for the Gifted
Allen Jones, II, Gifted
City, East Central Elementary
William Lee II, IB History, US Government and Civics
County, Winsor Forest High
Inabinet, Georgia Studies
County, Youth Middle