GaTOTY finalist finds success is sweet
Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist finds success is sweet
Posted on 04/04/2013
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Being named a top 10 finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year was a big treat for Shannon Pollitz, a teacher at Pepperell Middle School, but the honor got a little sweeter on Wednesday thanks to Blue Bell Ice Cream. Blue Bell is delivering a tub of ice cream to each of the ten finalists in the state for the top teacher award. Pollitz received the collection of her favorite flavors at Pepperell Middle on Wednesday. Mark Comer, a representative of Blue Bell Ice Cream, presented Floyd County's top teacher with the ice cream and provided an ice cream treat for all the faculty, staff and students of Pepperell Middle. 

Shannon Pollitz was named a finalist for the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year in March by State Superintendent Dr. John Barge at a news conference held in Atlanta. Ms. Pollitz teaches English/language arts to gifted eighth-graders at Pepperell Middle School. She is in her twelfth year on the career path she inherited from her parents - they were math and science teachers. 

English and literature are Ms. Pollitz's passion and she seeks to share her love for the subjects with the students in her classroom. "I want my students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and open to exploring knowledge at a higher level," Pollitz said. "To be effective learners, students must do more than memorize dates and facts but understand why information is important to them and be active seekers of knowledge."

The final selection process for Georgia Teacher of the Year is underway. Pollitz and the other nine finalists will submit a video of their teaching in the classroom to a panel of judges for the observation phase of the selection process. The finalists will also participate in an interview and give a speech at an awards luncheon in May. The state winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year banquet in June.