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GATESOL Teacher of the Year Award

Who’s Eligible?  Any K-12 ESOL teacher in the state of Georgia. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years of

experience in ESOL. Previous GATESOL Teacher of the Year recipients may not apply.


Georgia TESOL would like to celebrate dedicated ESOL teachers and to acknowledge their hard work in the field.  Commitment to improving practice through professional development and participation in a community of practice deserves recognition.  

Deadline   May 31, 2019


  • Complimentary one year membership in GATESOL

  • Complimentary registration to the annual Georgia TESOL conference

  • Invitation to provide a breakout session during the conference

  • Profile in the Georgia TESOL newsletter about your accomplishments


  • At least 2 years of experience as K-12 ESOL teacher in Georgia

  • Exemplary contribution to a community of practice. The recipient demonstrates a passion for sharing their expertise (e.g. lesson plans, professional development, collaboration, etc.).  Answer these survey questions to tell us about your practice (

  • Two letters of recommendation should be emailed to with your name and the award in the subject field (example: JaneDoe – Teacher of the Year).

  • One letter of recommendation is required from an administrator in your current school system. This recommendation should verify your years of service, highlight your use of innovative strategies and/or research based practices, and describe how you motivate others.

  • The second letter of recommendation must be from a Georgia TESOL member. This recommendation should attest to your dedication to the ESOL field. Note that the applicant does not have to be a member of Georgia TESOL.

Review Committee

The Georgia TESOL executive board will review all complete applications. The recipient will be notified in July and will be invited to attend the awards recognition ceremony during the Georgia TESOL annual conference in October.

Georgia TESOL

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