The 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.
"I 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 classroom-centered."
Over 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.
The 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.
The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Amanda Miliner, a fourth grade teacher, from Miller Elementary in Warner Robins.
To learn more about the Teacher of the Year program, click here.
Brian David Butler, Science
Bibb County, Rutland High
Patrick Logan, First Grade
Buford City, Buford Elementary
Alexandra Vlachakis, Information Technology
Fayette County, Sandy Creek High
John Wood, Art
Henry County, Luella High
Holly Canup, Media Resource Specialist/Online Instructor
Jackson County, East Jackson Comprehensive High
Brian Patrick, English/Literature
Jasper County, Jasper County High
Kimberly Lester, Writing/Language Arts
Muscogee County, St. Elmo Center for the Gifted
Gary Allen Jones, II, Gifted
Rome City, East Central Elementary
Ernest William Lee II, IB History, US Government and Civics
Savannah-Chatham County, Winsor Forest High
Blair Inabinet, Georgia StudiesWalton County, Youth Middle