An Award in Excellence

The National Teacher of the Year is a nationally recognized professional award in the United States. The program began in 1952, as a project by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and aims to reward excellence in teaching. Every year, nominations are made by students, principals, teachers and administrators for the School, County and State Teacher of the Year awards.

The profiles of the winners from 33 Paulding County Schools are submitted to a selection committee made up of school district personnel, Foundation board members and community leaders. The committee then reviews the data for each candidate and selects the one winner. The winner is chosen based on their biography, nominations and other supporting references. The award is traditionally presented at the Annual Star Banquet on the first Tuesday in May each year. At this banquet, we recognize all 33 school based teacher of the year nominees and reveal the District Teacher of the Year winner.

Although there are no clearly defined requirements the committee looks for:

  • The ability to inspire children from all backgrounds and abilities
  • The respect of colleagues, students, and parents.
  • Activity In The Community
  • The ability to fulfill the duties of the award

The District Wide teacher of the year is then submitted to the State wide selection committee with the opportunity to represent our school district on a state wide platform. Paulding County has traditional been known for having finalist in the State wide selection and our very own Marc Petersen from Paulding County High school was selected as the Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2017. If you would like to sponsor this amazing banquet or contribute to the winner bags, please contact us.

Congratulations to the Paulding County School District Teachers & Employees of the Year! Recipients were announced on March 6, 2018, District Teacher of the Year was announced at the 2018 Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony.

Paulding Education Foundation is pleased to congratulate Mrs. Susan Merchant from Dobbins Middle School as Paulding County School District’s Teacher of the Year! What an amazing teacher! If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Susan, please take a moment to read the following article.

“Dedication Helps Susan Merchant win Paulding Teacher of the Year”
– West Georgia Neighbor

2017 - 2018 TOTY Recipients

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year recipients.

2016 - 2017 TOTY Recipients

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