ATLANTA – Elisha R. Gray, a special education teacher at Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School, was named APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-12, during a special awards ceremony this evening at South Atlanta High School.
As a teacher of students with significant cognitive disabilities, Ms. Gray learns daily from her students what it means to achieve success, despite debilitating circumstances. Her motto is: “I see abilities, not disabilities.”
In addition to her classroom duties, Ms. Gray is the National Beta Club sponsor, as well as the author of “Motivational Monday”, a weekly email message dedicated to the empowerment of educators. She also contributes her time, talent and skills to the development of new teachers as a teacher mentor.
“Ms. Gray represents thousands of APS educators in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district; their spirit, dedication and hard work nurture and enhance the lives of our students,” said Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. “I am extremely proud of Ms. Gray and all of our talented educators who support the mission of educating today’s children for tomorrow’s world.”
As APS Teacher of the Year for 2011-112, Ms. Gray automatically becomes a candidate for Georgia Teacher of the Year, which will be decided later in the school year.
Ms. Gray earned her undergraduate degree in public relations from Howard University, and her master’s degree in special education from Grand Canyon University.
Runners up for APS Teacher of the Year are Ashley A. Kulik of Mary Lin Elementary School and Ester Y. Walters Jordan of Joseph Brown Middle School.