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For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
February 14, 2008
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Cobb County’s Gina Coss Named One Of 10 Finalists
for State Teacher of the Year

Gina Coss, fifth grade teacher at Sedalia Park Elementary School and the 2007-08 Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year, has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Georgia Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. Mrs. Coss is the third consecutive Cobb County District Teacher of the Year to be included among the state finalists, following Jennifer Dawson of Lost Mountain Middle School in 2007 and Diana Lossner of Pope High School in 2006.

Mrs. Coss was selected from among 141 district winners throughout Georgia who applied for the statewide honor. Her application was reviewed and chosen by a panel of educators (including past Georgia Teachers of the Year), business leaders and staff members from the Department of Education. The Department of Education’s panel of judges will visit Sedalia Park in late February to observe and interview Mrs. Coss. The state winner will be announced during a special banquet May 9 at the Georgia Aquarium.

The winner of the Georgia Teacher of the Year honor takes a one-year sabbatical from the classroom, during which he or she acts as a spokesperson for the state and conducts staff development activities for fellow educators. The winner is also nominated for the National Teacher of the Year award. More information about the Georgia Teacher of the Year program is available at www.doe.k12.ga.us.

Information about Gina Coss and the Cobb County School District is available on the District Web site at www.cobbk12.org.

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