For Immediate Release October 3, 2014
Three Finalists Named for 2014-2015 Districtwide Teacher of the Year
ATLANTA – Three Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teachers will compete for the APS 2014-2015 Districtwide
Teacher of the Year during an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 16, 2014 at the The Loudermilk
Center – Atlanta Conference Center, located at 40 Courtland St, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The 2014-2015 Districtwide Teacher of the Year finalists are:
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Kesha Payne – Teacher, Grade 3
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Barry Blackmon – English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Grade 6
High School Teacher of the Year
Jayongela Wilder – Drama Teacher
(From L-R) Finalists Kesha Payne, Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Jackson
Elementary, Barry Blackmon, Middle School Teacher of the Year from B.E.S.T. Academy
Middle School, and Jayongela Wilder, High School Teacher of the Year from Carver School
of the Arts, will compete for the 2014-2015 Atlanta Public Schools Districtwide Teacher of
the Year during an awards ceremony Oct. 16.
Photo Credit: Scott Clark King, Atlanta Public Schools
Candidates for Teacher of the Year are nominated by their respective schools. APS then selects an
elementary, middle school and high school teacher of the year from a list of semi-finalists to compete
for the districtwide honor.
About Atlanta Public Schools:
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately
50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87
schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered
rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit
“TAKE YOUR PARENT TO SCHOOL” DAY
Have you ever wondered what a school day looks like for your child? Have you ever pondered how effective his/her daily learning environment is? How about whether your child’s locker is organized? What about if the image your child has painted of his/her classroom was a true story of the daily experience? Well here’s your chance to find out!
In an effort to build a strong school community in which the student, parent, and teacher all work together to improve education, Carver School of the Arts would be honored if you participated in our 8th annual “Take Your Parent (s) to School” Day on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The purpose of this event is to have you commit to join your child in the events of one of their academic days. It is our hope to involve you in understanding a necessary triangle of success: student, PARENTS, and teacher. We believe each stakeholder is an important entity in the academic success of our school community. Parents will have the opportunity to shadow their child on this school day. This experience will provide you a firsthand view at how your child learns, participates, socializes and interacts with both students and teachers. You will have the opportunity to see and participate in all (four) of your child’s classes.