A teacher from Gwinnett County is a finalist for the state’s Pre-K Program Teacher of the Year recognition.
Maxwell High School teacher Tricia Floyd, who is a teacher in the school’s Pre-K program, is one of six teachers who the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning named as finalists for the award. Floyd received $500 for being a finalist.
“The next step in the competition will take place in the fall,” Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said in a statement. “Each finalist will be observed by a Pre-K Specialist, submit a small-group video to be scored by outside judges, and take part in a panel interview. In September, DECAL will select a winner from a local public school system and a winner from a private child care center.”
To be a candidate for the Georgia Pre-K Teacher of the Year Award, a teacher must have been a Pre-K lead teacher during the 2019-2020 school year and have also served in that roll for a minimum of three years.
They must also be planning to be a Pre-K lead teacher during the 2020-2021 school year.
The public school and private school winners will receive $3,000 for themselves as well as $2,000 to pay for a classroom makeover and supplies.
Since the winners are expected to serve as ambassadors for the Georgia Pre-K program at various meetings, where they will be expected to model classroom practices proven to be effective, there is also $2,500 to cover classroom costs while the teachers are away.