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Smyrna Teacher a 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist

Campbell Middle's Rhonda Lokey is one of 10 finalists chosen from a pool of 156 applicants who were selected as the Teacher of the Year in their representative school districts.

Campbell Middle School teacher Rhonda Lokey is one of 10 finalists for 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Courtesy Cobb County School District
Campbell Middle School teacher Rhonda Lokey is one of 10 finalists for 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Courtesy Cobb County School District
Patch Staff Report

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced Monday that Campbell Middle School teacher Rhonda Lokey is one of 10 finalists for 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

The finalists were chosen from a pool of 156 applicants who were selected as the Teacher of the Year in their representative school districts. The applications were read by a panel of judges that included current and former classroom teachers, past Georgia Teacher of the Year winners and finalists, administrators, community leaders and others. The finalists were chosen based on the strength of their essay responses.

"I congratulate our ten Georgia Teacher of the Year finalists and those who applied,” Barge said in a release. “As usual, we had a very impressive group of teachers make the top ten. I look forward to working with all of them to help continue the student achievement gains our schools are showing.” 

Lokey, a social studies teacher at Campbell Middle, has 32 years of experience in education. She has been selected as Teacher of the Year by her faculty peers at four different Cobb County middle schools: Dodgen, Lost Mountain, Smitha and Campbell.

Lokey has taken active leadership roles in the Cobb County School District, including being a instructor for the District’s New Teacher Institute and co-chair the Middle Grades Committee for the Urban Education certification program at Kennesaw State University, according to the Cobb County School District.

Over the next several weeks, a panel of judges will conduct video observations and interview each of the finalists. The finalists will also give a speech at a luncheon sponsored by Georgia Power in April.

The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year conference during the banquet on May 16, 2014, at the Georgia International Convention Center. The banquet, paid for through donations from sponsors, will honor each local district Teacher of the Year. A reception hosted by United Healthcare will be held prior to the banquet.

The 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year will travel around the state and the nation, serving as an ambassador for the teaching profession. The winner will also be entered in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

The 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Jemelleh Coes, a Special Education English Language Arts and Reading teacher from Langston Chapel Middle School in Statesboro.

2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalists (in alphabetical order by district)
Teacher, Subject, System, School

Rita L. Simmons, Gifted K-5

Atlanta Public Schools, Cleveland Avenue Elementary

Rhonda Lokey,  Sixth Grade Social Studies
Cobb County, Campbell Middle

Dr. Lyn Schenbeck, Film/Video Music, Business in Arts, Music in Medicine, String and Vocals
Coweta County, Central Educational Center

Michelle Peace, Spanish I, II, III

Early County, Early County High

Sarah Ballew Welch, English, Oral/Written Communications and British Literature
Fannin County, Fannin County High

Nick C. Crowder, Engineering Education

Forsyth County, South Forsyth High

Hyunjin Son, Physics and Foundations of Engineering & Technology
Gwinnett County, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Paul D. Mixon, Journalism and Economics
Heard County, Heard County High

Amanda Miliner, Fourth Grade
Houston County, Miller Elementary


Marc Pedersen, Biology, Biotechnology and Chemistry

Paulding County, Paulding County High


The Georgia Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by United Healthcare.

Brian April 08, 2014 at 12:51 AM
Congrats to Rhonda Lokey and go Campbell! Few people realize that Campbell also has one of the few IB middle school preparatory programs in the county.

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