Atlanta Public Schools names its teacher of the year

Jayla Bailey, who teaches math at Sylvan Hills Middle School, is the Atlanta Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo

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Jayla Bailey, who teaches math at Sylvan Hills Middle School, is the Atlanta Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Courtesy photo

An eighth grade math teacher won Atlanta Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year honor.

Jayla Bailey, a teacher at Sylvan Hills Middle School, is among the district employees recently recognized at the annual APyeS! Awards for Excellence.

Bailey, who also is an NBA dancer, started working for APS in 2017. Before that, she taught and coached cheerleading at a Nashville middle school. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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Jayla Bailey is the Atlanta Public Schools' teacher of the year. Courtesy photo

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Jayla Bailey is the Atlanta Public Schools' teacher of the year. Courtesy photo

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Jayla Bailey is the Atlanta Public Schools' teacher of the year. Courtesy photo

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Forestella Taylor was named the APS Principal of the Year.

Taylor served as the principal of Finch Elementary School before taking over in October as interim principal of Douglass High School.

She previously was the principal of Marietta High School.

Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, and a specialist in educational leadership degree from Argosy University.

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Forrestella Taylor, principal of William M. Finch Elementary School, is the Atlanta Public Schools' principal of the year. Courtesy photo

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Forrestella Taylor, principal of William M. Finch Elementary School, is the Atlanta Public Schools' principal of the year. Courtesy photo

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Forrestella Taylor, principal of William M. Finch Elementary School, is the Atlanta Public Schools' principal of the year. Courtesy photo

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Other APS award winners include:

Assistant Principal of the Year: Gerald Johnson, Finch Elementary School

School Counselor of the Year: Dorothy Anntionette Thompson, Finch Elementary School

District Administrator of the Year: Katika Lovett, assistant superintendent of student services

GO Team Leader of the Year: Stacey Welsh Abbott, principal of Garden Hills Elementary School

GO Team of the Year: Maynard Jackson High School

Family Engagement Award (Schools): Harper-Archer Elementary School

Family Engagement Award (Parent): Terri J. Weekes, Beecher Hills Elementary School

Family Engagement Award (Community Partner): United Way of Greater Atlanta

District Partner of the Year: Mercedes-Benz USA