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    4th Annual Teacher of the Year Gratitude Banquet November 12

    Truly great teachers seek to inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning. Then they wrap all that inspiration up in the warmth of genuine passion for this most noble profession. Our community and students are fortunate to have schools filled to capacity with truly great teachers. 


    From among the halls filled with outstanding teachers, nominations are made. Each school selects a Teacher of the Year.


    A districtwide committee then selects one elementary and one secondary Teacher of the Year to represent Athens City Schools at the state competition. The selection committee is made up of five members, including Superintendent Dr. Trey Holladay, one member of the Board of Education, two Teacher of the Year winners from the previous year and one parent-at-large from the Athens City Schools system. The selection process is anonymous and meritocratic.


    The 2019 Teachers of the Year will be announced in early October. We will celebrate them on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in the ballroom at Athens State University at 6:00 p.m. The gratitude banquet will include a delicious holiday dinner, special speakers, musical entertainment, awards presentation for the Teachers of the Year and the announcement of the district secondary and elementary Teachers of the Year.


    We invite you to join us in celebrating and honoring our teachers who mean so much to our students and this community. Tickets are available now. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Executive Director of the Foundation Mrs. Beth Patton at 256.233.6600.


2019 Honorees

  • Brittany Wiseheart

    iAcademy at Athens Elementary 


    Tanya Alexander

    FAME Academy at Brookhill


    Kris Murphy

    SPARK Academy at Cowart


    Eloisa Wright

    HEART Academy at Julian Newman 


    Chelsea Hurst

    Athens Intermediate School


    Dana Betts

    Athens Middle School


    Angela Pettus

    Athens High School


    Summer Neely

    Athens Renaissance School

Presenting Sponsors

  • UNA



    Hand Arendall





Gold Sponsors

  • Goodwyn Mills Cawood


    Martin and Cobey


    Morell Engineering