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Each year, schools across Georgia name a Teacher of the Year in hopes of having their representative selected at the district, state and national levels. The Georgia Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. The educator chosen for this high honor is charged with the task of traveling across the state throughout their year of service as an ambassador for education, speaking to various educators and civic organizations.

The Buford City Schools Teachers of the Year for 2022 are:

• Buford Elementary — Lynn Perkins

• Buford Academy — Susan Lanza

• Buford Senior Academy — Sandi Brewer

• Buford Middle — Cassie Bro

• Buford High — Melissa Green

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Teachers of the Year for 2022 (in the north Gwinnett coverage area) are:

Lanier cluster (Sugar Hill)

• Lanier High — Jordan Brannen

• Lanier Middle — Angelique Sharpe

• Sugar Hill Elementary — Margaret Tontillo

• Sycamore Elementary — Cynthia Bennett

• White Oak Elementary — Melissa Neely

Mill Creek cluster (Hoschton)

• Duncan Creek Elementary — Jennifer Chandler

• Fort Daniel Elementary — Kevin Glausier

• Harmony Elementary — Hannah England

• Ivy Creek Elementary — Angela Williams

• Jones Middle — Alyson Carroll

• Mill Creek HS — Laurel Christopher

• Osborne MS — Nicole Merrill

• Puckett’s Mill Elementary — Kelly Powell

North Gwinnett cluster (Suwanee)

• Level Creek Elementary — Stacey Speicher

• North Gwinnett High — John Rhilinger

• North Gwinnett Middle — Jenny Stark

• Riverside Elementary — Rita Arsenault

• Roberts Elementary — Shea Criss

• Suwanee Elementary — Karen Phillips

Mrs. Susan Lanza from Buford Academy was named the 2022 Buford City School System’s Teacher of the Year. 

“Mrs. Lanza will represent us well at the state level,” said Buford City Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Downs. “We look forward to recognizing Mrs. Lanza and all of our school-level teachers of the year at our annual banquet in the spring.”

For more information on Georgia’s Teacher of the Year program, visit

FEATURED PHOTO: Buford City Schools has announced its 2022 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Susan Lanza, second from left. Pictured with Lanza, from left to right, are Mrs. Melanie Reed, deputy superintendent of Buford City Schools; Dr. Robert Downs, superintendent; and Dr. Amy Chafin, assistant superintendent. Photo courtesy of

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