2017-2018 Teachers of the Year

four women, one man
  • Pictured left to right: Donna Jackson, Anna Smith, Kendell Rucker, Renea Colson, and Shuntel Curry, 

    Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year!


    Teachers of the Year are described as exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled. They inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn and are respected and admired by students, parents, and colleagues. Each teacher was selected by faculty and staff members at his or her respective school. 

    The five school-level Teachers of the Year will complete an application process, based on the National Teacher of the Year Program application. A committee of judges from neighboring communities will score their applications and conduct interviews with each teacher. One will be chosen as the Hart County Charter System Teacher of the Year and nominated for the Georgia Teacher of the Year Program. 

    A special luncheon to honor the Teachers of the Year will be held November 4, 2016. The System Teacher of the Year will be announced at the luncheon.  The Georgia Department of Education will announce ten finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year Spring 2017. 


    About The GTOTY Program

    The Georgia Teacher of the Year Program (GTOTY) annually spotlights the teaching profession and recognizes outstanding public school teachers at the local and state levels. The program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. It is a prestigious awards program to focus attention on excellence in teaching. The first Georgia Teacher of the Year was selected in 1971. 

    The Georgia Teacher of the Year serves as an educational ambassador for the Georgia Public School System, acts as a representative for all Georgia public school teachers, and is an advocate for Georgia school systems, students, and teachers. The GTOTY's numerous engagements usually include recognition before the Georgia House and Senate during the session of the General Assembly.

    The GTOTY usually takes a one-year leave to work directly with the Georgia Department of Education. During this time, he or she speaks to various groups throughout the state, conducting staff development activities for other teachers, and attending numerous state conferences. The 2017-2018 GTOTY term begins July 1, 2018.