Bibb County’s Teacher of the Year Program
Teacher of the Year Selection Process for Selecting the Bibb Teacher of the Year
1. Each school selects a Teacher of the Year and an Alternate. Schools have autonomy in their selection process, but are encouraged to adhere to the following state guidelines below when naming a Teacher of the Year.
The candidate should be a certified teacher (with a clear and renewable certificate) who: (1) is an exceptional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher planning to continue in active teaching status; (2) inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn; (3) has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; (4) plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and (5) is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule. (6) Must be a teacher for at least three years. (7) Qualified ROTC teachers are allowed to participate.
2. Each school submits the names of the Teacher of the Year and the Alternate to the Department of Communications in April.
3. The Department of Communications sends each Teacher of the Year an application packet based on the Georgia Teacher of the Year Application Packet. The Teacher of the Year from each school must submit the completed application packet to Kim Pelt, Department of Communications, 484 Mulberry Street, Suite 365, or by email to Kimberly.Pelt@bcsdk12.net, by an established deadline prior to the end of the school year.
4. Application packets submitted late will be disqualified. In addition, incomplete application packets will be disqualified.
5. The Department of Communications provides each member of the Bibb Teacher of the Year Committee with copies of the completed application packets. Members of the Bibb Teacher of the Year Committee will be selected each year by the Department of Communications. Members may be asked to serve more than one year. Typically, the Committee will be diverse, with representatives from such departments as Communications, Teaching and Learning, Professional Learning, and Human Resources.
6. Committee members read, evaluate and score the application packets based on a rubric. The Committee meets as a group to choose finalists for Bibb Teacher of the Year.
7. The Department of Communications notifies finalists by phone and email during the summer. Finalists are asked to participate in final-round interviews during the summer with the Bibb Teacher of the Year Committee. Phone interviews will be acceptable if finalists are not available during the summer for an in-person interview.
8. Committee members conduct and score interviews with the Bibb Teacher of the Year finalists. Interviews will be scheduled during the summer. The Bibb Teacher of the Year Committee selects the Bibb Teacher of the Year and the Alternate Bibb Teacher of the Year based on a rubric.
8. The Bibb Teacher of the Year finalists and the school-level Teachers of the Year are honored at the District’s Convocation. The Bibb Teacher of the Year and the Alternate Bibb Teacher of the Year are announced during Convocation. Results remain a secret until they are announced at Convocation.
9. If the District chooses not to have a Convocation, alternate arrangements will be made to announce and celebrate the Bibb Teacher of the Year and the Alternate Bibb Teacher of the Year.
10. The Teacher of the Year from each school is recognized at a fall Board of Education meeting.
11. The Bibb Teacher of the Year completes the full Georgia Teacher of the Year Application Packet by October. Committee members reread and review the final application packet with the Bibb Teacher of the Year. Committee members make comments and suggestions about the packet to the Bibb Teacher of the Year before an approved application packet is submitted to the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).
17. The Bibb Teacher of the Year submits the completed application packet and an approved headshot to the GaDOE by the deadline provided by the Department of Communications.
18. Refer to the Georgia Teacher of the Year Application Packet for the process used at the state level.
* Updated Spring 2017