Colquitt County educator named state's top teacher

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ATLANTA – A Colquitt County educator has been named Georgia’s Teacher of the Year.

Gwen Desselle, who has been teaching for 32 years, was honored Friday night by state officials at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. One of the 10 finalists was Michele Rigsby, a BelAir Elementary School teacher in Columbia County.

Ms. Desselle, a high school social studies teacher, got her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Valdosta State University. She began her teaching career at Valdosta High School in 1977 and moved to Colquitt County High School in 1981.

In her application, she stressed the importance of constantly changing the way she teaches to adapt to changes in the world. She will spend the next school year traveling around the state, speaking to the public about the teaching profession and conducting workshops and programs for educators.

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