The leadership team works in partnership with the Whitfield Education Foundation to honor outstanding employees in Whitfield County Schools.
All of our Employees of the Year are recognized alongside retiring staff members during the annual Employee Celebration at the end of each school year.
Teacher of the Year
In Whitfield County Schools, administrators in each building lead the selection of each school’s Teacher of the Year. Each of these teachers are candidates to become the district Teacher of the Year.
The district’s Teacher of the Year program mirrors the state-level program led by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). The district’s requirements are aligned with those established by the state.
Each year, the Teacher of the Year receives a plaque to commemorate the honor and check for $500 from the Whitfield Education Foundation. The successful candidate will proceed to apply for Georgia Teacher of the Year and could advance to become the National Teacher of the Year.
The candidate for Teacher of the Year should be:
- A certified classroom teacher (clear and renewable certificate) in public prekindergarten through grade 12, including special education, physical education, art, music, media specialists and ROTC teachers. (Counselors are not eligible.)
- An exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher who is planning to continue in active teaching status.
- A teacher who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
- A teacher who has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.
- A teacher who plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
- A teacher who is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule.
Visit the state education department to learn more about the Georgia Teacher of the Year program. The questions our teachers answer are also aligned with the application for Georgia Teacher of the Year provided at that website.
Applications for Whitfield County Schools Teacher of the Year are due in the spring. Applications for Georgia Teacher of the Year are due in December.
Paraprofessional of the Year
The Paraprofessional of the Year completes an application process similar to the Teacher of the Year program. Each year, the Paraprofessional of the Year receives a plaque to commemorate the honor and a check for $250 from the Whitfield Education Foundation.
Employees of the Year
Student Nutrition Employee of the Year
Selection of the Student Nutrition Employee of the Year is organized by leaders in the Student Nutrition and Operations departments.
Maintenance & Logistics Employee of the Year
Selection of the Maintenance & Logistics Employee of the Year is organized by leaders in the Maintenance and Operations departments.
Technology Employee of the Year
Selection of the Technology Employee of the Year is organized by leaders in the Technology and Operations departments.
Transportation Employee of the Year
Selection of the Transportation Employee of the Year is organized by leaders in the Transportation and Operations departments.
Office Professional Employee of the Year
Selection of the Office Professional Employee of the Year is organized by leaders in the Whitfield County Association of Educational Office Professionals (WCAEOP).
If you have questions about the Whitfield County Schools Employees of the Year program, please contact district communications specialist Kristina Horsley. Direct your questions about the Georgia Teacher of the Year program to Keisha Ford-Jenrette at the state education department.
About the Whitfield Education Foundation
The mission of the Whitfield Education Foundation is to increase student learning opportunities, reward outstanding achievements, and honor retirees. The Foundation is a responsive, community-based, non-profit organization established in 1990. The Foundation strives to support the Whitfield County School System’s vision and educational mission. Innovative Teaching Grants are a major focus of the Foundation. Several fund-raising events are held each year to help fund these grants. It is the goal of the Foundation to award $25,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants annually. Follow the Foundation on Facebook to stay in touch! To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Whitfield Education Foundation please contact the office by calling (706) 217–6756 or email at email@example.com.