OUR VIEW: Congrats to teachers of the year

Published 12:30 pm Friday, November 11, 2022

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If you haven’t noticed, we’re in the middle of writing a feature story on every Teacher of the Year in the Troup County School System.

These 26 instructors were honored for displaying excellence and high standards for the teaching profession, according to a press release from TCSS. 

“Please join all of us in congratulating these excellent TCSS teachers for receiving this

prestigious recognition from their peers and school communities. Congratulations to them all,” said Superintendent Brian Shumate.

We like to spotlight these teachers individually for the work they are doing in our classrooms. Teaching is often a thankless profession, but these educators often see our kids more than parents do, at least during the week. 

Often, these teachers aren’t recognized publicly outside of their own school buildings. 

Their peers and the students in their classrooms know of the great job they’re doing, but the rest of the Troup County community doesn’t. 

Hopefully, the stories we write will bring them a little attention, giving them a spotlight and additional recognition for the great work they are doing. 

The teachers recognized will now move on to the next portion of the nomination process. Next, they have to complete essays for submission to compete for the system-level TOTY. 

TCSS said during the application process, they have to describe their professional preparation and experience and also answer questions about their teaching philosophy and practical applications.

Ten anonymous judges from the school system, community, and Partners in Education will be used to participate in a blind evaluation of their written applications. 

In 2023, one of them will be named the school system’s teacher of the year, and the winner will then move on to compete at the state level, which is a huge honor.

We applaud these fantastic teachers and thank them for the work they do in the classroom.

You’ve probably read a few of the features we’ve published so far, but look for the rest in the days, weeks and months ahead.