GCTE Reflection: Being Named Teacher of the Year

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What a weekend! I have been an active member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) since I was a preservice teacher over twelve years ago, and I have always enjoyed the annual conference the years I have been able to attend. Really, my doctoral pursuits really plugged me back into the organization as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). I have presented at both conferences several times in the last five years, but this year was particularly special and was by far my favorite GCTE conference. Continue reading

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I Was a Finalist for TOTY this Year–I Did Not Win and That’s A-O-K

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I am not going to lie. I wanted it. For a while I had convinced myself the Teacher of the Year moniker did not matter too much to me, but as the days counted down to someone being selected, I found myself anxious and hopeful. 2015 has been good to me and my family, so really a TOTY win would have been like icing on the cake. But I did not win. Mrs. Brooke Webb did, and that my friends is truly A-O-K. Inside today’s post I will certainly explain why I think I ended up really wanting TOTY, but more importantly I will explain why who won deserved it more than I did. Continue reading