Gwinnett County Public Schools has whittled their list down to six finalists in their search for the Teacher of the Year.
One of those on the list is Richards Middle School's own Heidi Mikulecky. The 6th grade language arts began her career as an educator at Richards in 2008. She is the daughter of two retired teachers and it was not initially in her plans to follow in her parents' footsteps.
"When I truly considered my strengths, talents and passions, all roads led to teaching," said Mikulecky in a release from GCPS. "Ten years later, I had tears in my eyes when I phoned my parents to tell them that I had been selected as my school’s Teacher of the Year.”
Mikulecky has a bachelor's degree in Education from Georgia Southern University and a master's in Education from Georgia State.
The other five finalists are:
- Erica Leach, Walnut Grove Elementary School
- Deborah Johnson, Berkmar Middle School
- Celisa Edwards, Dacula Middle School
- Jay Nebel, Norcross High School
- Dean Landers, Peachtree Ridge High School
The selection process for Teacher of the Year began with all 131 GCPS schools naming their own teachers of the year. A selection committee then narrowed the list down to 26.
The GCPS Teacher of the Year will be announced at a banquet on November 1st at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
Have one of your children had Heidi Mikulecky as a teacher or are they currently in her class? Send her a note of congratulations and wish her luck in the comment section below!