Teachers of the Year from across the school district’s 15 schools were honored on Jan. 24, during the Teacher of the Year Banquet, sponsored by The Statesboro Herald.
Joined by their administrators, family members, and the district’s Central Office and Board of Education leadership, the teachers enjoyed a buffet dinner at Uncle Shug’s Banquet Rooms in Statesboro. While this year’s Bulloch County Teacher of the Year, Jenny Hendrix of Stilson Elementary School, was revealed in a surprise announcement in her classroom in December, other finalists for the competition were revealed during the banquet. Tiffany Ward of Statesboro High School was named first-runner up, Chris Clark of Sallie Zetterower Elementary School was second-runner up, and Karla Lewis Anderson of Southeast Bulloch High School was third-runner-up.
Hendrix will represent Bulloch County in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition which will culminate in May 2023, and possibly advance to the national competition in January 2024.
Thanks to the school district, The Statesboro Herald and corporate sponsors NFP Insurance Brokerage & Consulting and Parker’s Fueling the Community Program, the 15 teachers of the year combined received more than $6,000 in monetary awards and prizes in appreciation for their dedication and service to children. A special thank you as well to the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, who helps coordinate the corporate donations which fund the program.
The highlight of the evening was the introduction of each school’s teacher of the year by their administrators. Principals shared inspirational examples of their teachers’ dedication to children, quotes from fellow faculty members and parents, and humorous memories. Combined this year’s cohort of exceptional educators have devoted more than 250 years to teaching children. Please join us in thanking them for their service.
Bulloch County Schools 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year: Jenny Hendrix, Stilson Elementary School
Bulloch County Schools 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year Finalists:Tiffany Ward, Statesboro High School, first-runner up; Chris Clark, Sallie Zetterower Elementary School, second-runner up; and Karla Lewis Anderson, third-runner up, Southeast Bulloch High School
School-level Teachers of the Year who were nominees for the district title:
Brooklet Elementary School Marci Cochran
Julia P. Bryant Elementary School Tonya Deal
Langston Chapel Elementary School Valerie McLaughlin
Langston Chapel Middle School Tonya E. Gilchrist
Mattie Lively Elementary School Summer Bishop
Mill Creek Elementary School Dr. Jontia Grace
Nevils Elementary School Jenna Ellis
Portal Elementary School Teresa Flemming
Portal Middle High School Clinton Thornburg
Southeast Bulloch Middle School Stephanie M. Burke
William James Middle School Erin Cabral