As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, last week the Georgia Department of Education announced that North Oconee High School teacher Paige Cole is one of 10 finalists up for state Teacher of the Year.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, a panel of judges will interview the finalists and watch them give speeches. The state Department of Education will announce the winner on June 12.
A panel of past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others picked the 10 finalists from among 150 applicants, based on essays they submitted.
All the applicants had previously been named their school district’s Teacher of the Year, just like Cole was.
Cole teaches U.S. history and Advanced Placement government at North Oconee, where she has taught for the last five years. She had also taught at the Athens Montessori School, Athens Technical
College and at Apalachee High School in Barrow County.
Cole’s three degrees from the University of Georgia include an undergraduate degree in history, a master’s in social studies education and a Ph.D. in language and literacy.
In 2011, she received a Fulbright Hayes award that allowed her to travel to East Africa, an opportunity that influenced her teaching on power and privilege, she mentioned on her web page.
“The impact she makes on our students is immeasurable,” said North Oconee Principal Philip Brown in a statement released when Cole was announced as Oconee County’s Teacher of the Year last fall.
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