Distinguished Educator of the Year

Holocaust education, at its best, can be transformative, inspiring students to improve the world in which we live.
The Distinguished Educator award is presented to a full-time Georgia educator of grades 5-12.  This educator demonstrates excellence and creativity in the development and presentation of lessons or activities which focus on the Holocaust, human rights, civil rights, or character development.This educator motivates students to become active members of their communities.

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Distinguished Educator of 2017: Kathleen King of General Ray Davis Middle School

Photo: Kathleen King with State Superintendent Richard Woods at Georgia's 2017 Days of Remembrance ceremony
(Photo: Kathleen King with State Superintendent Richard Woods at Georgia's 2017 Days of Remembrance ceremony) 
Kathleen King is a visual arts teacher at General Ray Davis Middle School in Stockbridge where she has been teaching since the school opened 11 years ago. Mrs. King's students have participated in the Holocaust Learning Trunk Project by decorating trunks for distribution statewide. She has been previously named the Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year, Fox 5 Television's Atlanta High Five Teacher of the Year, and a state finalist in the White House's 2013 and 2015 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators.

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Nadaria Wade, Sweetwater Middle School


Caroline Snell, Memorial Middle School


Judy Lynn, Parkside Elementary
George Bevington, Sophia Academy


Brendan Murphy, Marist School
Suzanne Carey, Rising Starr Middle School
Janie Cohen-Legge, Brockett Elementary


Narci Drossos, Valdosta High School
Jackie Byrd, Sherood Christian Academy


Courtney M. Herbert, Perry High School
Jennifer L. Hall, J.E. Brown Middle School
Melinda Holder, Varnell Elementary School


Judy Lynn, Parkside Elementary


Renee Kaplan
Janie Cohen-Legge, Brockett Elementary


Dr. Betty Siegel