Bibb teacher named Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist

Bibb County schoolteacher Brian Butler was named one of 10 finalists for Georgia Teacher of the Year on Monday.

Butler, a science teacher at Rutland High School, was named Bibb’s Teacher of the Year last fall and will now compete for the statewide honor.

Butler said he’s excited about that prospect.

“This is a great honor,” he said in a statement. “Being selected Bibb County Teacher of the Year was incredible.”

Butler has been teaching in Bibb since 2007 and at Rutland since 2010. He told The Telegraph that his teaching style consists of trying to relate to his students every day.

“Understanding what motivates people is key to making learning relevant,” he said.

Butler was selected a finalist from 151 applicants by a panel of judges that included other Teacher of the Year winners, as well as administrators and community leaders.

“I’m looking forward to working with this extraordinary group of teachers to ensure our policies are child-focused and classroom centered,” said Richard Woods, the state school superintendent.

The judges will interview and observe the finalists in the coming weeks to help determine a winner.

The winner will be announced during Georgia’s Teacher of the Year conference May 8.

Middle Georgia teachers have had recent success in the competition.

Jadun McCarthy was selected the state’s 2012 Teacher of the Year while he was an English-language arts teacher at Northeast High School. Last May, Amanda Miliner, a fourth-grade teacher at Miller Elementary in Warner Robins, was named Georgia’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.

To contact writer David Schick, call 744-4382.