Teacher of the Year
For the Burke County Public Schools District, District Teacher of the Year is not a competition to choose the school district's best teacher. It is only intended to recognize a teacher who demonstrates the qualities all educators admire and exhibits the qualities of the district’s belief statements, Build positive relationships, foster Unwavering perseverance, prepare students to be Ready for life after high school, put Kids first, and provide an Engaging learning environment and opportunities. The finalist represents all of the outstanding teachers who are part of the BCPS family.
Each year, we honor those teachers who stand out and lead the way for other excellent educators to Make BURKE Work. Through contributions from our valued Partners in Education, each year we are able to shower all of our Teachers of the Year and their families with a pre-game reception and amazing rewards for going above and beyond the call for excellence. It is during this game’s half-time show we announce the District’s Teacher of the Year.
The process all begins in the classroom and the selection of a teacher representative from each of our five schools. The five school-level Teachers of the Year complete an online application based on the Georgia State Teacher of the Year competition, which is scored by a panel of judges. The applications are anonymous so that there is no opportunity for bias. The judges score the applications on a 100 point scale.
As the new school year begins, the panel of judges, who are educators themselves from outside our school district, participate in a 30-minute classroom observation, followed by a 20-minute interview with each teacher. All observations are done on the same day. Afterward, the three judges decide who the top candidate is based on what they saw in the classroom and heard in the interview.
After the winner is announced at the football game, he/she has until December to tweak the application to be entered in the competition for Georgia's State Teacher of the Year, which is announced in the Spring.
|1985-1986||Linda Murray||SGA High School|
|1986-1987||Linda Bailey||Blakeney Elementary School|
|1987-1988||June Gill||Waynesboro Elementary School|
|1988-1989||Shirley Carlyle||Blakeney Elementary School|
|1989-1990||Linda Dunaway||Burke County High School|
|1990-1991||Eugenia Baxley||Waynesboro Elementary School|
|1991-1992||Alice MacArthur||SGA Elementary School|
|1993-1994||Judy Gatliff||Waynesboro Elementary School|
|1994-1995||Joil Bradshaw||Burke County High School|
|1995-1996||Suzanne Railey||SGA Elementary School|
|1996-1997||Anne Wright||Waynesboro Elementary School|
|1997-1998||Rick Umpleby||Burke County High School|
|1998-1999||Brenda Jones||Burke County High School|
|1999-2000||Julie Roberts||Waynesboro Primary School|
|2000-2001||Cherry King||SGA Elementary School|
|2001-2002||Jean Williams||Burke County High School|
|2002-2003||Cynthia Borgan||Burke County Middle School|
|2003-2004||Tonya Torek||Burke County Middle School|
|2004-2005||Constance Parker||SGA Elementary School|
|2005-2006||Lynda Moore||Burke County High School|
|2006-2007||Andy TenHuisen||Burke County High School|
|2007-2008||Tonya Torek||Burke County High School|
|2008-2009||Katie Mobley||SGA Elementary School|
|2009-2010||Wende Dickey||SGA Elementary School|
|2010-2011||Anna Herrington||SGA Elementary School|
|2011-2012||Stan Dodson||Burke County High School|
|2012-2013||Debra Tanksley||Burke County High School|
|2013-2014||Lisa Wiggins||SGA Elementary School|
|2014-2015||Justin Russell||Burke County High School|
|2015-2016||Whitney Smith||Blakeney Elementary School|
|2016-2017||Christy Palmer||Waynesboro Primary School|
|2017-2018||Sandy Baulos||Waynesboro Primary School|
|2018-2019||Corina Stan||Waynesboro Primary School|
|2019-2020||Kenesha Reddick||Burke County Middle School|
|2021-2022||Jami Walden||Waynesboro Primary School|