School Level Teachers of the Year Award Winners


2012
 

James W. Ray  
(M.A.T. Secondary, 2010)
Mr. Ray is a Technology Teacher at Kennedy Road Middle School.

Alicia Jenkins
(MEd in Middle Grades)
Ms. Jenkins teaches at Oak Hill Elementary 

Melanie Lockett
(EdS in Middle Grades 2013)
Ms. Lockett is a teacher at Samuel E. Hubbard Elementary.
TotY 

Becky Nipper
(M.Ed. Educational Technology-Library Media, 2010)
Ms. Nipper was named Teacher of the Year in Putnam County.  Becky is the media specialist at Putnam County High School and was our program’s outstanding student the year she graduated.    She told me she “hopes the honor encourages others to truly see the media center as a hub of learning in the school.” 

Ajayi Monell
(MAT English Language Arts, 2010)
Carson Middle School, Greene Co.
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Nadirah Mayweather

(MAT English Language Arts, 2010)
Bloomfield Middle School, Bibb Co.
TOTY
 

Berinda Turk
(Ed.S Secondary, 2012)
North Woods Academy, Bibb Co.

Bethany Ray
(Ed.S Secondary, 2012)
Porter Elementary. Bibb Co.

Cassandra Reeves- King
(Ed.S Secondary, 2012)
Danforth Elementary. Bibb Co.

Belinda Mewbourne
(EdS, Special Education, 2011)
Belinda Mewbourne received the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year award for Mount Carmel Elementary School in Henry County.

Karen Schmidt
(EdS, Special Education, 2011)
Karen Schmidt received the 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year award for Dutchtown Elementary School in Henry County.

Meghan Strickland
TOTY
(Middle Grades, 2008)
Ms. Strickland has taught sixth grade language arts, science, social studies and currently co-sponsors the student council for Crabapple Middle School in Fulton County

Ashley Johnson Lamar
(Middle Grades, 2008)
Ms. Ashley Lamar is a highly respected educator in the Wilkinson County School System.

Margretta Giles
(BS, Special Ed, 1991 and MEd, Special Ed, 1995)
Margretta Giles received Teacher of the Year for Midway school in Baldwin County.

Christopher Ingram
(MEd, Middle Grades, 2010 and EdS, Middle Grades, 2011)
Mr. Ingram received Teacher of the Year for Eagle Ridge school in Baldwin County.

Kimberly Pearson
(MEd, Early Childhood, 1990)
Kimberly Pearson received Teacher of the Year for Blandy Hills school in Baldwin County.

Savannah Carman
(M.A.T. Foundations & Secondary)
Savannah Carman received Teacher of the Year award at Gullatt Elementary School in Fulton County.

Daphne Todd
(M.A.T., Special Education, 2009)
Daphne Todd received the Teacher of the Year Award for 2011-2012.  She teaches at Wilkinson County Middle School in the Science Department.

Saundra Pope
(M.A.T., Special Education, 2008)
Saundra Pope was selected as Putnam County Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Apryl Dixon-Thomas
(B.S. Early Childhood Education, 1994)
Apryl Dixon-Thomas was named Teacher of the Year at Matilda Harris Elementary School in Kingsland, Camden County.  This time is the second that she has been recognized with this honor.

Daphne Todd
(M.A.T. Foundations & Secondary, 2009)
Ms. Todd, class of 2009, has a degree in MAT in Secondary Education. She teaches at Wilkinson County Middle School as a science teacher.

Chad Mozley

(M.A.T. Foundations and Secondary, 2004)
Mr. Mozley was honored this year as being selected as one of Gwinnett counties teacher of the year. He is currently an English teacher at Grayson High School.  Here are some kind words Mr. Mozley had to say, "I hold in high regard my memories of my courses and professors in Georgia College's teacher education program, and I just wanted to take a moment to pass this reflection on to you. It is one thing to have a desire to teach; it is altogether another thing to be prepared to put this passion into practice. I highly recommend your program to any of my students who are considering moving into the calling of educator".

Cassandra ( Cass) Beall
(B.S. Special Education, 2005)
Ms. Beall was given the Teacher of the Year Award at Putnam County Primary School for 2011-2012)

Saundra T. Pope
(M.A.T. Special Education, 2008)
Ms. Pope was honored with being named Teacher of the Year at Putnam County elementary for 2011-2012.

 

2011

Terri A. Carty
(M.Ed. Educational Leadership, 2007)
Ms. Carty received the Teacher of the Year Award at Midway Elementary School in Baldwin County.

Carmen Leanne Benson
(B.M.E. 2008; M.M.E. 2010)
Ms. Benson was given the Teacher of the Year Award at Eagle Ridge Elementary School in Baldwin County.

Pam Longino
(B.S. Early Childhood, 1996, M.Ed.; Media Specialist, 2008; Ed.S. C&I, 2010)
Mrs. Longino was awarded the Teacher of the Year Award for Blandy Hills Elementary School in Baldwin County. 

Clint Raburn
(B.M.E., Music Education, 1995)
Clint Raburn was named Baldwin High School Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011.

Stephen Johnson
(B.S. in Middle Grades, 2007)
Mr. Johnson was selected as the Crawford County teacher of the year. He is an 8th grade Math teacher at Crawford County Middle School.

Steve Mote
(B.S. Early Childhood and Middle Grades, 2006)
Mr. Mote was selected Teacher of the Year at Banks Stephens Middle School in Monroe where he teaches 8th grade math.  He is currently a student on our Middle Grades Master's program.

Whitney Fields Geiger
(B.S. Early Childhood and Middle Grades, 2006)
Ms. Geiger graduated in 2006, has been selected as Teacher of the Year for both Eastanollee Elementary and Stephens County, Georgia.

Wendy Bradberry
(B.S. Early Childhood Education, 2004)
Ms. Bradberry was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Atha Road Elementary School in Walton County.  She has taught second grade for five years and currently is teaching third grade.  Her Mentor Leader was Ms. Revel Pogue.

Kwameika Postell
(M.A.T. Special Education, 2009)
Ms. Postell earned the Teacher of the Year Award at Jefferson County High School.  She was the first inclusion teacher to be recognized as such from her peers and administrators.  Ms. Postell particularly thanked Drs. Lineberger and Childre for their work with her.

2010

Jennifer Smith
(B.S. Special Education, 2006)
Ms. Smith was the 2010/2011 recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Blandy Elementary School in Baldwin County.

Bunnie Simons
(B.A. History, 1980; ECE T4)
Ms. Simons was given the Teacher of the Year award at the Early Learning Center in Baldwin County.

Charlene Dunn
(B.S. Middle Grades, 1996; M.Ed. Middle Grades, 2007)
Ms.  Dunn was named the Teacher of the Year at Creekside Elementary in Baldwin County.

Jill Bellflower
(B.S. Early Childhood and Middle Grades, 1996)
Ms. Bellflower was the Teacher of the Year at Midway Elementary.

Debbie Barsby
(B.S. Early Childhood and Middle Grades, 2010)
Ms. Barsby was selected as Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School.

Charlandria Glover
(M.Ed. Early Childhood Education, 2009)
Ms. Glover was awarded the 2009/2010 Teacher of the Year award at Hunt Elementary School in Peach County.

Jennifer Phillips
(B.S. Middle Grades, 2000; M.Ed. Middle Grades Education, 2004)
Ms. Phillips was the 2009/2010 recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Byron Middle School in Peach County.

Shelley Dunlap
(B.S., Early Childhood Education, 1995)
Ms. Dunlap was given the Teacher of the Year award for 2009/2010 from Wells Primary School.

Ann Whipple Taylor
(B.S., Early Childhood Education, 1993)
Ms. Taylor earned the 2009/2010 Teacher of the Year award from Gray Station Middle School in Jones County.

Cameron Tibbetts
(Non-degree English Education, 1999)
Ms. Tibbetts was awarded Teacher of the Year Award for 2009/2010 for her teaching at Ninth Grade Academy in Jones County.

Linda Bowden
(Non-Degree Administration & Supervision, 2003)
Ms. Bowden was the 2009/2010 recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at Jones County High School.
 
Methina Underwood Chambers
(B.S., Early Childhood Education, 1997; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education 2000) 
Ms. Chambers was presented with the 2009/2010 Teacher of the Year award for Mattie Wells Elementary School in Jones County.

Vicki Thigpen
(B.S., Early Childhood Education, 1997)
Ms. Thigpen received the Teacher of the Year award for 2009/2010 from Clifton Ridge Middle School in Jones County.

Robin Swetman
(Specialist, Early Childhood Education, Currently Enrolled)
Ms. Swetman was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2009/2010 for her outstanding approach to teaching at Woodland Elementary School.  Ms. Swetman is currently enrolled in an EdS program in Early Childhood at Georgia College under the direction of Dr. Lyndall Muschell. 

Amy Lundy
(Middle Grades Education, 1993)
Ms. Lundy was awarded recognition as one of the 2010 School Teacher of the Year for her commitment to teaching at Gray Station Middle School.  Lundy has been teaching 7th grade Language Arts, Math, and Reading since 2006.

Carmen Shepard
(M.Ed. Instructional Technology, 2004)
Ms. Shepard has received recognition as one of the 2010 School Teacher of the Year for her work as a 3rd and 4th grade teacher of technology at Gray Elementary School in Jones County.  Ms. Spepard graduated with both her B.S. in Elementary Education, and her Media Specialist degree from Georgia College.

Paula Wright
(B.S., Middle Grades Education, 1989; M.Ed. Middle Grades Education, 1995; Ed.S., Middle Grades Education, 2000)
Ms. Wright currently works for GC as a part time faculty member teaching college freshman in the education department about diversity and current trends.  Ms. Wright is receiving her recognition as a 2010 School Teacher of the Year for her work as a 6th and 8th grade teacher of Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies at Clifton Ridge Middle School in jones County.

Sherry Sanders
(Ed.S., Social Science Education, 1996)
Ms. Sanders currently works as a 10th-12th grade Economics, U.S. History, and American Government teacher at Jones County High School.  This position and her dedication to education earned her recognition as a 2010 School Teacher of the Year.

Debbie Howe
(Early Childhood Education, 1980)
Mrs. Howe is a 3rd grade teacher for all subjects at Mattie Wells Elementary School.  Because of her long-standing commitment to her teaching position over the past 29 years, Mrs. Howe was acknowledged as a 2010 Teacher of the Year. 

Nikki Hawes
(Early Childhood Education, 1999)
Ms. Hawes currently teaches second grade at Wells Primary School in Jones County and due to her outstanding contribution to education has been recognized as a 2010 School Teacher of the Year.

Elizabeth Joiner
(M.Ed. Special Education, 2003)
Ms. Joiner received the Teacher of the Year at Oak Hill Middle School in Baldwin County.

2009

Margretta Giles
(Masters in Interrelated Education, 1995)
Mrs. Giles has been described as hard-working; dedicated; and dependable by her colleagues for the past 18 years as teacher in Georgia.  Due to her always positive attitude and constant commitment to teaching, Margretta Giles was awarded Creekside Elementary School's Teacher of the Year.

Carol Melder
(Specialist in Education, 2001)
Carol Melder has been a teacher for over 15 years, 12 of which have been dedicated to Blandy Hills Elementary School.  In 2009 Ms. Melder was selected to represent Blandy Hills Elementary School as Teacher of the Year.


Miranda Janelle Ellison, Eagle Ridge Elementary School
(B.S., Early Childhood, 1988)
Miranda Ellison taught at Southside Elementary School before later joining Eagle Ridge. She has served her school, most recently as a team leader, and has served her community as a member of several education-based committees.

Cheryl Johnson, Early Learning Center
(B.S., Early Childhood, 1983)
Cheryl Johnson taught in the kindergarten program at Children's Friend for 11 years and also was named an assistant director. She was named one of the top 10 childcare professionals in the nation. She was the first certified teacher hired by the Baldwin County Head Start program in 1994. She has served as a liaison between Baldwin County Schools and Georgia College to develop and maintain relationships with professional development schools. She has been a mentor teacher at the Early Learning Center with the Georgia Pre-K program for 14 years and is currently a facilitator for the New Teacher Institute. She is a host teacher to Georgia College cohorts and students from Central Georgia Technical College and is also a member of the Early Learning Center Leadership Team.

Gloria Lindsey, Midway Elementary School
(M.Ed., Intellectual Disabilities, 1996)
Gloria Lindsey  became a paraprofessional in the Baldwin County School System in 1987, then earned her teacher certification and began teaching at Midway Elementary in 1991. She was a Midway design team member from 2005-2007 when Midway received accreditation through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is also on the Better Seeking Math Team committee. She has served the Baldwin County School district for 21 years.

Chuck Claxton, Oak Hill Middle School
(B.S. Psychology, 1985; B.S. Middle Grades, 1994)
Chuck Claxton started teaching at Boddie Middle School in 1994 then moved to Oak Hill Middle. After briefly leaving the system for a stint in Putnam County schools, Claxton returned to Oak Hill in 2006 to teach life science in the ACE program. Since he started teaching, he has earned the title of Teacher of the Year at Boddie Middle, Putnam Middle, and Oak Hill Middle (2008-2009). He was named Baldwin County's Teacher of the Year in 1997. His desire is to not only help students meet the standard, he said, but to appreciate life and all its miracles and to instill a sense of awe and wonder that will encourage them to be life-long learners. Claxton enjoys hiking and outdoors activities with his family.

Lynn McLachlan, Baldwin High School
(B.S. Mathematics, 1978, M.Ed. Mathematics Education, 1981)
Lynn McLachlan was selected Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School in 2004 and 2009.

Margretta L. Giles
(B.S., Special Education, 1991; M.Ed. Special Education, 1995; Reading Endorsement)
Margretta Giles was selected as Teacher of the Year from her school in Baldwin County.

Stephanie Shelton
Stephanie Shelton Washington County

(MAT, Secondary Education, 2005) is one of the ten finalists for the 2009 State Teacher of the Year Award. Her mentor leaders were Dr. Cynthia Alby and Dr. Brian Mumma. Stephanie Shelton is an English teacher at Washington County High School.

Lisa Mosely

Lisa Mosely was named Teacher of the Year 2008-2009 at David A Perdue Elementary School in Houston County. She received her bachelors degree in middle grades education from Georgia College. 

2008

Jason Heath was awarded the 2008 Teacher of the Year Award for
Huntington Middle School in Houston County. He is a special education
teacher for sixth and eighth grade language arts and sixth grade social
studies. He earned his B.S. degree (2003) from Georgia College.


Jan Thompson received the Blandy Hills Teacher of the Year Award for 2008.  She is a 1992 alumna of the GC Early Childhood Program. Jan also has been a host teacher for our GC education students.

Melinda Davis was selected as the 2008 Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School.  She received her M.Ed. in Special Education in 2004 from GC.

Melanie Cobb won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2008 for The Early Learning Center.  She graduated from GC in 1981, then she earned her M.Ed. from us in 1985.  Ms. Cobb has served as a host teacher for our cohort students.

Stephanie Shelton received the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year Award from Washington County High School.  She teaches language arts.  Ms. Shelton was an M.A.T. student in Secondary Education during 2004-05 with Dr. Cynthia Alby as her Mentor Leader.

Carol Fellows Williams won the Teacher of the Year Award for 2007-2008 from David Perdue Primary School in Houston County.  She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in special education from GC.

2008

Melanie Fuller was selected as 2007 Teacher of the Year for McKibeen Lane Elementary School in Bibb County.  She was a 2006 graduate of the M.A.T. program in Special Education, and her mentor leader was Dr. Lynn McMullen. 

Rainey
Sharon Patterson, Superintendent; Carolyn Rainey, Teacher of the Year at Burghard Elementary; and Lynne Donehoo, Principal

Carolyn Rainey was named 2007 Teacher of the Year at Burghard Elementary School in Bibb County.  She graduated from our Special Education  program in 2000.  Currently she teaches in a collaborative kindergarten room.

 (Thanks to Susan Eilers from the Jones County Board of Education who gave us the information on the Jones County Teachers of the Year for 2007.  7 out of 8 (88%) of the school winners had at least one degree from Georgia College.)

Leah Tucker Bodnarchuk was named 2007 Teacher of the Year at Jones County High School.  She teaches special education.  She earned her B.S.(1999), M.Ed. (2001), and is currently working on her Ed.S. from Georgia College.

Marty Harrington won the 2007 Teacher of the Year at Gray Elementary in Jones County.  She teaches K-5 Connections-Qwizdom. She received both her B.S.(1975) and M.Ed. (1977) from Georgia College.

Dana Hutchinson was nominated and selected as 2007 Teacher of the Year from Califf Middle School/Gray Station Middle School in Jones County. She teaches Family and Consumer Sciences, Reading and Social Studies and Math. She earned her B.S. (1999) and M.Ed.(2006) from Georgia College.

June Lassitter was awarded the 2007 Teacher of the Year from Wells Primary in Jones County. She teaches first grade. June earned her B.S. (1989) and her M.Ed.(1993) from Georgia College.

Lucinda Simpson was named Dames Ferry Elementary 2007 Teacher of the Year in Jones Country.  She teaches kindergarten and received her M.Ed. (2006) from Georgia College.

Bethany Stevens earned the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award from Mattie Wells Elementary in Jones County.  She teaches fifth grade reading/language arts, math, science and social studies.  She received both her B.S. (1989) and her M.Ed. (2000) from Georgia College.

Patty Q. Wells was named Clifton Ridge 2007 Teacher of the Year in Jones County.  She teaches eighth grade earth science and reading and is an academic science coach.  She earned her B.S. (1971), M.Ed. (1976), and Ed.S. (1996) from Georgia College.

Rhonda Ruffin, who received her M.Ed. in Special Education (2006) was selected as Teacher of the Year for Howard Middle School in Bibb County.

Angie Heath won 2007 Teacher of the Year at Perry High School.  She did a non-degree certification at GC and is now returning for her M.Ed.

Pam Brookins was chosen Teacher of the Year for Creekside for 2007.  She has BS, M. Ed., and EDs from GC.

David Doud, Baldwin High School
(B.S. Mathematics Education, 1970)
David Doud was chosen Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School.

2006

Robin Swetman, was named 2006 Teacher of the Year from Dutchtown Elementary School in Henry Country.  She is a self-contained special education teacher. In 2004 Robin earned a Masters in Special Education with a concentration in Reading.

2004

Mary Jane Hooks, a graduate from the Dublin GC program, won the Teacher of the Year
Award in 2004 for the Dublin City Schools.

Keysha Wilmore, a 2002 graduate of the special education cohort, was named Teacher of the Year for 2004 at Morningside Elementary in Perry. Keysha was nominated in 2003; in 2004 she won.

Maria Saavedra, a 2002 graduate of the special education cohort, was nominated and selected Teacher of the Year  for 2004 at Linwood Elementary School in Warner Robbins.

Lynn McLachlan, Baldwin High School
(B.S. Mathematics, 1978, M.Ed. Mathematics Education, 1981)
Lynn McLachlan was selected Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School in 2004 and 2009.

Sharon Hood
(M.Ed., LIbrary Media, 2008)
Sharon Hood was chosen Teacher of the Year at Oak Hill Middle School.

2003

Ketura Collins was nominated and selected as Teacher of the Year at Bonaire Elementary in Houston County spring 2003. She completed her undergraduate degree in 1999 and her masters in December 2002.  Both degrees were from GC.

Misty Garcia was nominated and selected as Teacher of the Year at Todd Grant Elementary in Darien, Georgia for the 2002-2003 school year.  She was a graduate of the 2001 Middle Grade cohort, so Misty was awarded this honor during her second year of teaching.

John Lamon
(Non-degree certification, 1996, M.Ed. in Secondary English, 2008) was Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School in 2003.

Kim Mack
(M.Ed. Educational Leadership, 2003, Ed.S. Educational Leadership 2004)
Kim Mack was chosen as the Oak Hill Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2003.

2002

                        Teresa McCuen (B.S. Chemistry 1986, M.Ed. Administration and Supervision 1997, Ed.S. Administration and Supervision 2001) was Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School in 2001.

 

1992             

Evelyn Freeman (B.S. and M.Ed. in Special Education) was Teacher of the Year for Baldwin High School in 1992.

 

 

 

 

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