Hall County’s reigning teacher of the year is now one of just 10 finalists for the 2020 Georgia teacher of the year honor.
“It is a blessing and very humbling to be among the top 10 finalists in the state of Georgia for teacher of the year,” Frank Zamora, a U.S. History and ESOL teacher at Johnson High School, told The Times. “This whole experience has made me very thankful for all those who have supported and invested in me.”
Zamora was named a finalist this week by state school Superintendent Richard Woods.
“The ten 2020 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year are an exceptional group of educators and I’m proud to call them my colleagues,” Woods said in a press release. “Each one of them exemplifies what a teacher should be – caring, skilled, knowledgeable and intellectually curious, and first and foremost, laser-focused on the well-being, potential and success of their students.”
The winner will be announced Saturday, May 18.
The 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession in Georgia, according to the department of education, and will be entered in the national teacher of the year competition.
Zamora said being named a finalist “serves as a motivation to continue to give my best to those who matter the most – my students and community. It is also a reminder of the words I heard growing up: “Si se puede!” (You can do it!),” he added. “It does not matter where you come from; with hard work and dedication you can accomplish great things.”