Laura Wolfe, 6th-grade science teacher at Ashworth Middle School was awarded the honor during a surprise gathering of her 6th-grade students and colleagues. On hand for the naming were Mrs. Wolfe's husband, Jeremy, and their two sons, Nathaniel and Parker, as well as Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Fraker, Board of Education Chairperson Mr. Charlie Walraven, and other school and district leaders.
2020-2021 District Teacher of the Year Finalists
Nikki Hampton (center), 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, with Teacher of the Year Finalists and BOE
Teacher of the Year Timeline and Selection Process
Nominations taken for school TOTY through #GCS2ndMile Award process and are accepted from community, parents, students, and/or staff members
Schools select school TOTY from nominations. The person selected at each school will become a District TOTY candidate.
District TOTY Applications due to Dr.Amy Parker
Last Week of March
District TOTY Finalists Announced
Classroom Observations of District TOTY Finalists
District TOTY Announcement and Ceremony
District TOTY Makes Application for Georgia TOTY
Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists and Winner Announcement
To ensure the district TOTY meets the minimum qualifications to move on to compete for Georgia Teacher of the Year (TOTY), listed below are the criteria set forth in the state application:
- The candidate should be a certified teacher (with a clear and renewable certificate) who: (1) is an exceptional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher planning to continue in active teaching status; (2) inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; (3) has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; (4) plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and (5) is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule. (6) Must be a teacher for at least three years. (7) Qualified ROTC teachers are allowed to participate.
Additionally, several factors will be considered on the district application to ensure the district candidate has the best possible application for submission to the Georgia TOTY competition. These factors include but are not limited to:
- professional learning activities,
- community involvement,
- and contribution to the profession.