The GAYC Educator of the Year award is presented to an outstanding secondary or post-secondary educator in Georgia.

Award criteria

Recipients of the Educator of the Year award must meet the following criteria:

  • GAYC member*
  • Outstanding secondary  or post-secondary educator
  • Teaches child development, early childhood education, early childhood special education, or a related field

*Know a qualified educator who is not yet a GAYC member? Joining is easy, and GAYC members receive many benefits.

Recipients of the Educator of the Year award

  • 2015: Randy Taylor
  • 2014: Andrea Lott
  • 2013: Jane Day Hyche
  • 2012: Ruth Saxton
  • 2011: Landis Hicks
  • 2010: Penny Elkins
  • 2009: Gary Larson
  • 2008: Anita Dailey
  • 2007: Charlene Duncan
  • 2006: Priscilla Smith
  • 2005: Peggy Gallagher
  • 2004: Mick Coleman
  • 2003: Charlotte Wallinga
  • 2002: Anita Smith
  • 2001: Julia Reguero de Atiles
  • 1998: Tina Butcher
  • 1991: Jean Sanders