2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year (TOTY)

Award to a Georgia Public School
Teacher for Excellence in Education

GrantWatch ID#: 175997
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Georgia Department of Education

12/02/16 5:00 PM Receipt

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Award to a Georgia public school teacher to recognize outstanding dedication to classroom teaching. Strong candidates inspire students of diverse backgrounds to learn, demonstrate exceptional knowledge and talent, and are involved in their community. Applications are considered from teachers of grades prekindergarten through 12 in any discipline.

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

The GTOTY typically takes a one-year sabbatical working directly with the Georgia Department of Education. During this time he or she speaks to various groups throughout the state. This teacher representative also conducts staff development activities for other teachers in his or her area of expertise, serves on statewide committees, and attends and participates in numerous state conferences.


The Georgia Teacher of the Year begins a one-year term of service on July 1, 2018.

The candidate for Teacher of the Year should be:

-A certified classroom teacher (clear and renewable certificate) in public prekindergarten through grade 12, including special education, physical education, art, music, media specialists and ROTC teachers. (Counselors are not eligible.)

-An exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher who is planning to continue in an active teaching status.

-A teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.

-A teacher who has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.

-A teacher who plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.

-A teacher who is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule.

Applications for the 2018 Georgia TOTY are due on Friday, December 2, 2016. Applications must be received by email no later than 5:00 PM on the deadline date. The 2018 TOTY will be announced at the spring of 2017.

Applications are judged on all items on the entry form, and ten finalists are selected. Interviews and video evaluations with the finalists are conducted by a panel of judges. Finalists also prepare a speech at a luncheon in the spring.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Keisha Ford-Jenrette, Program Manager
2070 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
(404) 657-2949

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