Jackson High School Educator Named Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year

Elisha R. Gray, a special education teacher at Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, is among the finalists for the 2013 Georgia Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Gray was named APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-12 last October.

Ten finalists for the state recognition were selected from a pool of 150 applicants from Georgia school districts.  The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges, based largely on the applicants’ essay responses.

“I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge. “We have always had a very impressive group of teachers make the top 10, and I know this year will be no different.”

“Ms. Gray represents thousands of APS educators in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district; their spirit, dedication and hard work nurture and enhance the lives of our students,” said Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “I am extremely proud of Ms. Gray and all of our talented educators who support the mission of educating today’s children for tomorrow’s world.”

The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet on June 1, 2012 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

Elisha R. Gray, Teacher, Maynard Jackson High School

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  1. Dr. Audrey Watkins

    We are very, very PROUD of you and we are prayiong that you will be the next GEORGIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!!

    The Atlanta Association of Educators

  2. Dr. Audrey Watkins

    We are very, very PROUD of you and pray that you will be the next GEORGIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR!!!

    The Atlanta Association of Educators

  3. E. Belzince

    I knew you were bound for the honor of Georgia Teacher of the Year. It is well deserved. Congratulations!

    • Veronica Norris

      Congratulations Ms. Gray for representing APS as Teacher of the Year with grace, intelligence, and humbleness. May you be blessed as you seek the title of Georgia Teacher of the Year!

  4. Kristie Stargell

    Congratulations Mrs. Gray! I always knew you would go on to do great things. I am so very proud of you and I wish the best!!!

  5. Pamela Bowles-Moore & Cheryn Moore

    “Whatever work you do, do your best.” Ecclesiates 9:10 You have done just that! Congratulations! You are an awesome educator and role model. We wish you the very best as you continue to share your gift with others. Pamela & Cheryn

  6. Martha Henderson

    Congratulations on your previous accomplishments! You will be the next Georgia Teacher of the Year. Therefore,CONGRATULATIONS!
    Martha Henderson,
    Special Educator, Gideon Elementary School

  7. Gena Gardner,RN

    You deserve it Ms Gray! It has been rewarding working with you
    for so many years. You are exceptional..GOD Bless you and
    Maynard Jackson High!

  8. Lydia R. Williams

    Ms. Gray,
    You are an awesome educator and a great woman who is blessed with the gift of communication,inspiration and a host of other talents. You will make a fantastic Georgia Teacher of the Year! I look forward to the celebration!!! We at M. H. Jackson H.S. are so proud of you! Love you always!!!!!!!

  9. Yolanda Walker

    Congratualtions on this prestigious accomplishment! Ranard and I are extremely proud of you! You were the best teacher he has ever had! You have EARNED APS Teacher of the Year!
    Ms. Walker

  10. P. Butler

    Congratulations Ms. Gray! You have represented APS well. I know you would do the same for the state of Georgia.

    Ms. P. Butler

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