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2018 TEACHER OF THE YEAR
THE SENIORS IN JOHN TIBBETTS’ ECONOMICS CLASSES
LIKELY DON’T REALIZE HOW PREPARED HE IS TO STAND IN
FRONT OF THEIR CLASSROOM EACH DAY.
They may know a few details about his military service
in Afghanistan and Turkey, his harrowing work in the
Pentagon on 9/11, or his consulting work that led him
to love economics in the first place.
They may also know about his penchant for handson
classroom activities and avid incorporation of
classroom simulations that are inspired by real-world
fluctuations in the markets.
Given his professional demeanor and humble
nature, they may not know much of this at all.
Then again, that intentional focus on the students
may be the exact reason why he’s Georgia’s 2018
Teacher of the Year.
An economics teacher from Worth County High
School in Sylvester, Tibbetts was one of 10 finalists for
the statewide title, which was awarded in early June.