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

March 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm 15 comments

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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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Naja Freeman, Bunche MS  |  March 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Best of luck Ms. Gray !

  • 2. Shalondra L. Gurley  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Congrats and Good Luck!!!

  • 3. Dr. Audrey Watkins  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    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

  • 4. Dr. Audrey Watkins  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    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

  • 5. E. Belzince  |  March 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

    • 6. Veronica Norris  |  March 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      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!

  • 7. Ashley  |  March 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    That is awesome! Best of luck on this next step!

  • 8. Kristie Stargell  |  March 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    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!!!

  • 9. Pamela Bowles-Moore & Cheryn Moore  |  March 11, 2012 at 5:51 am

    “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

  • 10. Deneatrice  |  March 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Very inspirational!! To God be the glory! Thank Him for awesome educators like you!

  • 11. Martha Henderson  |  March 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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

  • 12. Gena Gardner,RN  |  March 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    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!

  • 13. Lydia R. Williams  |  March 20, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    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!!!!!!!

  • 14. Yolanda Walker  |  April 11, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    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

  • 15. P. Butler  |  April 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    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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