Tricia Floyd, a Maxwell High School teacher, is a state finalist in the 2020-2021 Pre-K Program Teacher of the Year competition. Floyd, who was awarded $500, is one of six finalists in the contest sponsored by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
The next step in the competition will take place in the fall. Each finalist will be observed by a Pre-K Specialist, submit a small-group video to be scored by outside judges, and take part in a panel interview. In September, DECAL will select a winner from a local public school system and a winner from a private child care center. Those winners will receive a $3,000 check for themselves, $2,000 for a classroom makeover and supplies, and $2,500 to cover out of the classroom costs while the teacher is away. Winners will serve as ambassadors for Georgia’s Pre-K Program, speaking on behalf of the program, representing Georgia’s Pre-K at various meetings, and modeling effective classroom practices.
Among other requirements, candidates for Georgia’s Pre-K Teacher of the Year must have been employed as a Georgia’s Pre-K lead teacher during the 2019-2020 school year, served as a lead teacher in a Georgia’s Pre-K classroom for a minimum of three years, and must be planning to continue as a lead teacher in a Georgia’s Pre-K classroom during the 2020-2021 school year.