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Ga. pre-K Teacher of the Year applications open

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 26, 2021 - 5:01 PM

Ga. pre-K Teacher of the Year applications open


The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is seeking applications for Georgia pre-K program teachers of the year for 2021-22.

DECAL will select a winner from a local public school system and a winner from a private child care center.

“Since its beginning in 1992, more than 1.6 million children have entered kindergarten better prepared to succeed,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “That preparation, however, would not have been possible without the dedicated pre-K teachers and assistants who implement this program every day. Recognizing these committed professionals by choosing pre-K teachers of the year is one way to thank them for their efforts.”

The application for Pre-K Teacher of the Year is available at . Completed applications must be postmarked or hand delivered before 5 p.m. on March 17. Finalists will be announced in May 2021, with the two winners announced in the early fall.

To be considered, teachers must:

• Be employed as a full-time pre-K lead teacher during the 2020-21 school year.

• Have taught as a full-time lead teacher in a pre-K classroom for a minimum of three years.

• Meet pre-K lead teacher credential/certification requirements and be enrolled in the Georgia Professional Development System.

• Plan to continue as a lead teacher in a pre-K classroom during the 2021-22 school year.

• Be employed by a pre-K provider in good standing with all programs administered by DECAL.

• Be willing to serve as an ambassador for the Georgia pre-K program. Duties may include – but are not limited to – public speaking, representing Georgia pre-K at meetings and modeling effective classroom practice.

• Be willing and able to travel as needed, including some overnight stays.

• Be willing to have a classroom evaluation and interview conducted if chosen as a finalist.

For more information, contact Meghan McNail, summer transition program and outreach coordinator, at or 770-357-4911.

Approximately 81,000 4-year-olds currently attend Georgia pre-K programs. The voluntary, lottery-funded pre-K program has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation based on quality standards, teacher qualifications and enrollment.

Any age-eligible child residing in Georgia may attend the program regardless of family income. Georgia’s model for providing the pre-K program is unique in that it is offered through a public-private partnership in local school systems, in private child care centers and in other facilities.