The 2020-2021 Candler County Teacher of the Year will be named on Thursday, Dec. 17, in ceremonies beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Metter Pre-K-8 Gymnasium. 

The format of the Teacher of the Year Recognition Ceremony is being changed in order to allow for social distancing and to minimize close contact, announced Dr. John Jordan, assistant superintendent of Candler County Schools.

The candidates for the 2020-2021 Ben G. Bowen Candler County Teacher of the Year award are Metter Elementary School’s representative Hannah Brosh, Metter Middle School’s representative Cassandra Donaldson and Metter High School’s representative Toney Golden. 

The winner will receive $10,000 from Metter High School alumni and successful businessman Ben G. Bowen in recognition of her being selected as the District’s Teacher of the Year. The award will be presented by Dr. Bubba Longgrear, superintendent.

During the ceremony, the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Scott Waters, will be featured in a video offering his reflections on his year as the District’s best teacher. 

Each of the candidates for the 2020-2021 award will be featured in video spotlights including comments by students and parents and featuring them working with students as well as discussing their views and the role of the classroom teacher in education.

In a normal year, the school system’s community partners are asked to make donations toward the Teacher of the Year program. 

According to Jordan, “The Candler County Schools recognize the hardship that many of our business partners have incurred this year.” He adds that they look forward to partnering with local businesses for future events to benefit both teachers and students.

“We are proud of each of the candidates for this year’s award and believe them to be well deserving; however, due to the unique challenges of 2020, the Teacher of the Year Recognition Program is being altered,” he explained. This in no way minimizes the importance of this year’s award.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony is not open to the public. Those wishing to watch the event can view it on livestream at 

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