Casey Bethel - 2016-17 Grand Prize Finalist
New Manchester High School
Douglas County School System
We surprised Casey Bethel during a district leadership meeting on March 8th, 2017, to let him know that he was a Grand Prize Finalist for 2016-17! As a finalist, he has received $5,000 to be shared with his school. In late April, he will be attending our National Awards Ceremony in Naples, FL, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed and receive an additional $5,000.
Mr. Bethel originally pursued a career as a doctor, then as a scientist. While teaching undergraduate students in lab classes at the University of Georgia, he developed a passion and turned his attention towards K-12 education. He taught for ten years in DeKalb County before joining the Douglas County School System staff at New Manchester High School three years ago.
Mr. Bethel is an example of a teacher with a thirst for knowledge. He has spent the past six summers participating in Georgia Tech’s Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) and conducting authentic biochemistry research. He is also a Paul A. Duke Award winner for his lessons, which have been published in The Journal of Chemical Education. Mr. Bethel isn’t simply learning for the sake of learning; he brings practical solutions into the classroom so his students understand the relevancy of the different curricula. His ability to make a difference in the lives of students, demonstrate leadership in the school and district and outstanding professional performance recently earned him the title of 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year!