Windsor Forest High School Teacher Ernie Lee is the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the year. The announcement was made this afternoon in Atlanta.
“I congratulate Mr. Lee on being named the 2016 Georgia Teacher of the Year,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “It is inspiring to see an individual like Mr. Lee, who had a successful career as a lawyer, decide to become a teacher later in life so he could have a lasting and positive impact on the lives of others. I look forward to working closely with Mr. Lee this year to help our schools serve students better than ever.”
Savannah-Chatham’s Teacher of the Year might clinch an even bigger honor. Windsor Forest High School Teacher Ernie Lee is a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
Good teachers can be hard to find, but the students in Lee’s International Baccalaureate history class know they have one.
“I see the amount of effort he puts in to teaching us. I mean I know you can notice those teachers that it’s their job, they have to do what they have to do, but with him it’s more a want,” said student Jordan Holmes.
Senior Jordan Holmes said he wasn’t surprised Mr. Lee is in the running for Georgia Teacher of the Year.
“He has a very dedicated personality and I feel as though in order to be nominated for such a title you need to have his kind of characteristics,” said Holmes.
Lee said it’s his students that keep him coming back to the classroom for five years. Lee used to practice law for 20 years.
“I can see the growth and the potential of where they can go and to be a part of that is just incredibly powerful,” said Lee.
Lee said he had good teachers growing up and knows what kind of difference that can make.
“I want them to be excited about what we are studying. I’m always asking them what are you doing after high school, what’s your career because I want them thinking about that,” said Lee.
Principal Derrick Butler said Lee is a great role model.
“Mr. Lee says it all the time it’s about connecting and building those relationships with students, I think that’s been his strength all along,” said Butler.
Lee is up against nine other teachers across the state for Teacher of the Year. The big announcement will take place Friday afternoon. We’ll let you know if he takes the title.