Evans Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Lorraine Hall has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2004 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
"I am just really excited and honored to have made it that far," Dr. Hall said.
She has taught for 20 years, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and even college English and English as a second language classes in Moscow. While a teacher in West Virginia, she served on the Governor's K-16 Education Task Force.
"She certainly goes above and beyond what's required in the classroom," said Evans Middle School Principal Myrel Seigler. "She brings in current affairs and events to the class and relates that to her students."
This is Dr. Hall's third year in Georgia schools. In her second year teaching in the state, she was named Wal-Mart's teacher of the year.
Dr. Hall's honor is the third time in three years Columbia County has fielded a finalist for state teacher of the year. Harlem High School math teacher Joyce Cheek was named a finalist in 2001, and former Greenbrier High science teacher Brian Campbell was named a finalist in 2002.
Five finalists will be announced in the first week of April, and the Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced later that month at the State Teacher of the Year Banquet.
Each of Georgia's 180 public school systems may submit one nominee for the honor. A panel of educators rates the applications, and teachers with the highest scores become the semifinalists.
"These 12 candidates exemplify the dedication, knowledge, skill, community involvement, and parental and collegial respect that make them an inspiration to students, parents, and fellow educators all across the state," said Kathy Cox, the state school superintendent, in making the announcement.
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