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GCPS educator named finalist for State Teacher of the Year

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology's Hyunjin Son is named the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday. The school district recognized 130 local school teachers total during the annual Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet.


Superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools, J. Alvin Wilbanks announces Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology’s Hyunjin Son as the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday. The school district recognized 130 local school teachers total during the annual Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools, J. Alvin Wilbanks announces Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology’s Hyunjin Son as the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday. The school district recognized 130 local school teachers total during the annual Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Winner

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology's Hyunjin Son is named the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday. The school district recognized 130 local school teachers total during the annual Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology's Hyunjin Son is named the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth Thursday. The school district recognized 130 local school teachers total during the annual Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet.

Hyunjin Son of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was one of 10 educators named as a 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist, the Georgia Department of Education announced on Monday.

Son, who teaches physics and foundations of engineering & technology at the Lawrenceville school, was the Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County. She is in her ninth year in education, all with Gwinnett County Publis Chools, and she said she found passion in her second career. She previously was an engineering researcher.

The 10 finalists were chosen from a pool of 156 applicants who were selected as the Teacher of the Year in their representative school districts. The applications were read by a panel of judges that included current and former classroom teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.

“I congratulate our 10 Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied,” State Superintendent John Barge said in a press release. “As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten. I look forward to working with all of them to help continue the student achievement gains our schools are showing.”

Over the next several weeks, a panel of judges will conduct video observations and interview each of the finalists. The finalists will also give a speech at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power in April. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year conference during the banquet on May 16 at the Georgia International Convention Center.

The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession. The winner will also be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

Son earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical and biomedical engineering from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in science education from the University of Georgia. She was also part of a bio-medical research team at the University of Chicago that developed a patent for ways to cool down the body following cardiac arrest before a person arrives at a hospital.

She said her professional engineering background helps her develop a relationship with her students, to influence them and get them excited about engineering.