GCPS announces 2020-21 local teachers of the year |

Gwinnett County Public Schools announced its local teachers of the year Friday, the first step toward naming the 2020-21 Teacher of the Year.

In all, 139 teachers were named tops at their respective schools as voted on by their peers. Later this month, that group will be narrowed down to 25 semifinalists. From that group, six finalists will be chosen in early November.

On Dec. 10, the district will host a virtual celebration honoring the finalists and naming the Teacher of the Year.

“In light of the unique challenges our teachers faced this year, we wanted more than ever to show our love, support, and appreciation to our teachers,” Dr. Clay Hunter, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, said. “These educators are the best of the best and they shine every day in the classroom, online, and in our community. Although the state suspended its Teacher of the Year

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