Athens, Ga. – Joanna Anglin, a University of Georgia graduate student in English education, has been named the Georgia Council of Teachers of English 2011 State Teacher of the Year.
Anglin, a second-year doctoral student from Covington, is in her first year teaching at Rockdale Career Academy in Rockdale County. She teaches advanced placement English literature and composition (12th grade) and 10th and 11th grade English. She previously taught for eight years at Heritage High School, also in Rockdale County.
“Receiving this award means a lot to me,” said Anglin. “In the teaching profession, we often do not receive acknowledgement for all of our hard work, and this award is especially meaningful because it comes from others who are in my field. They know how difficult it is to struggle every day in the classroom and to try to make a difference for the children.”
Anglin has been chosen as a STAR teacher three times in the past eight years. The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program honors Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.
She also has been chosen as an Honor Teacher several times over the years. For this award, each student who is in the top 20 of his or her grade gets to choose a teacher to “honor” at honor’s night.
In 2007, she was named the Rockdale County Technology Integrating Teacher of the Year.
Anglin earned an Ed.S. from Piedmont College and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Georgia College and State University. She is certified to teach gifted students and AP English.
She was recognized, along with the other winners, at the GCTE Annual Conference at Callaway Gardens on Feb. 11th.
Anglin expects to graduate in May 2014 and plans to pursue a university position.