February 14, 2008
A Richmond County teacher is one of ten finalists in the 2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.
Aletha Snowberger is an advanced placement World History teacher at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. She was recently named the county teacher of the year.
The finalists were chosen from among 141 people from local districts.
The panel included teachers, administrators, community leaders and others.
The 10 finalists were chosen based on the scores of the essays on their applications.
Over the next month, a panel of judges will observe and interview each of the finalists at their schools.
Stephanie Shelton, an English/Latin teacher at Washington County High School in Sandersville, is also a finalist.
The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year Banquet. It will be May 9th at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
The 2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year will spend next school year traveling around the state and the nation serving as a roving ambassador for teaching. The winner is also entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.
Mrs. Snowberger is a 1994 graduate of Davidson Fine Arts. She graduated from Georgia Southern University and has a Master's Degree from Augusta State University.
Her husband, Eric, is also a Davidson grad. The couple has two young children, Katie and Drew.
Here's a complete list of the finalists, their school and the subject they teach.
2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists
- Leanne Maule, Cartersville High School, Cartersville City, English, Language Arts, British Literature
- Clay Hildebrand, Smokey Road Middle School, Coweta County, 6th grade Math & Literature
- Gina Coss, Sedalia Park Charter Elementary School, Cobb County, 5th grade, Early Intervention Program
- Christopher Spraggins, Columbus High School, Muscogee County, Honors Chemistry, AP Biology, Physics
- Aletha Snowberger, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, Richmond County, AP World History
- Daniel Petritz, Conyers Middle School, Rockdale County, Science
- Tracy Wilson, Americus-Sumter County High School, Sumter County, Special Education
- David Curtis, Callaway High School, Troup County, AP Physics, Chemistry, Biology
- Dwight Stafford, Performance Learning Center, Walton County, Business Education and Information Technology
- Stephanie Shelton, Washington County High School, Washington County, English/Latin