Georgia's 2019 Teacher of the Year Allison Townsend of Fulton County Schools with Superintendent Richard Woods.
Photo: Georgia Department of Education
Photo: Georgia Department of Education

Georgia announces 2020 Teacher of the Year finalists

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods announced the 10 finalists for 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year this morning

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

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Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey
Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.