Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods (pictured above) announces the 10 finalists for 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
The finalists are selected from among Georgia district teachers of the year. A panel of judges determines the finalists for the state honor based on essay responses. Former winners of Georgia Teacher of the Year participate in the judging.
“The 10 2020 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year are an exceptional group of educators and I’m proud to call them my colleagues,” said Woods. “Each one of them exemplifies what a teacher should be – caring, skilled, knowledgeable and intellectually curious, and first and foremost, laser-focused on the well-being, potential and success of their students.”
The winner will be announced May 18 and spend the year traveling the state. The 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Allison Townsend, a third-grade teacher at Barnwell Elementary School in Fulton County.
Here are the Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists listed in alphabetical order by last name:
Kristen Applebee, Georgia Academy for the Blind, State Schools
Amy Arnold, Colham Ferry Elementary School, Oconee County Schools
Dr. David Bishop Collins, Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb County Schools
Carlos Hernandez, General Ray Davis Middle School, Rockdale County Schools
Lewis Kelly, Newton High School, Newton County Schools
Tracey Nance Pendley, Burgess Peterson Academy, Atlanta Public Schools
Stephanie Peterson, Westside Elementary School, Lowndes County Schools
Kiana Pinckney, Palmetto Elementary School, Fulton County Schools
Teresa Thompson, South Tattnall Middle School, Tattnall County Schools
Francisco “Frank” Zamora, Johnson High School, Hall County Schools