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 apanel which may include the community, surrounding communities, areaeducational 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.
Lamar County School System’s Teacher of the Year FY2016-2017
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Mrs. Whitney Andino
Lamar County Middle School
Special Needs Teacher
I grew up in Thomaston, GA and now live in Pike County with my husband, Mario. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Special Education Adapted Curriculum. I have been teaching special education for six years and have been teaching at Lamar County Middle School five of those years. I love serving students with special needs and enjoy teaching my students life skills and the skills that will allow them to be more independent. I love seeing them succeed and make progress toward goals, even if it is just one small step toward something bigger.
School-Level Winners FY2015-2016
LCPS: Karyn Kellam, 2nd grade teacher
LCES: Jennifer Larrabee, 4th grade teacher
LCMS: Amanda Lonberg, 6th grade teacher
LCCHS: Michael Oberg, History teacher
Past Lamar County TOTY