Each year, the Lamar County School System participates in the Georgia Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year (TOTY) program.The local selection process mirrors the state’s process. Each schoolvotes on a TOTY which competes at the district-level. Each school-levelwinner completes an application which is the same narrative responsequestions contained in the Georgia application. In addition each school–level winner must be observed teaching in the classroom.

The Lamar County Teacher of the Year is chosen by a panel which may include the community, surrounding communities, area educational agencies, or retired teachers. The judges read and scoreeach application and each classroom observation. (Please note: Theobservation was added beginning in the FY 2004 TOTY contest.) The LamarCounty TOTY participates at the state level.  The TOTY winner forGeorgia competes in the National TOTY program.

District Teacher of the Year

Francesa Raines LCES: Francesca Raines
Francesca Raines is a nine year verteran of Education.  She teaches 3-5 grades.  She is a Special Education and Lead Teacher.  She has been helping children for over 19 years.  She has worked with the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA of Atlanta, and Hands on Atlanta.  Although she has done many things with children, her biggest passion has been working with students with special needs.  Before she became a teacher, she was a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student with cerebral palsy.  His growth and progress showed him and others that there are no limitations on what can be achieved.  She enjoys seeing her children learn new things and watch their own excitement as they encounter what they felt that they could never do.  She has always told her students that, "failures don't always end with failures, but our failures will eventually begin our success."

School Teachers of the Year
LCPS: Torie Claybaugh - 2nd Grade Teacher

LCMS: Elizabeth Branan - English Teacher
LCHS: Tracy Sessions - Media Specialist

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