Source: SCCPSS – Kurt Hetager (1/20/2012)
The Savannah Chatham County Public School System congratulates Allison Konter, a social studies teacher at Islands High School. Mrs. Konter was recently named the district’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. The annual Savannah-Chatham Teacher of the Year Gala is made possible by presenting sponsor, First Student, and the Savannah Morning News. Of the school level Teacher of the Year representatives, five finalists were honored from which the next district level Teacher of the Year was announced. The five finalists included: Pamela Edenfield, Georgetown K-8 School; Janeen McAbee, Shuman Elementary; Michael Proto, Pooler Elementary; Allison Konter, Islands High School; and Dr. Angela Cuyler-Hunter, Spencer Elementary.
The red carpet event hosted by WTGS’ Jessie Blanco was held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and served up a magical night full of ambiance and entertainment, as 51 of the district’s top teachers received accolades from host of community leaders and district officials. After all the teachers were honored and the five finalists were called forward, the announcement for the next Teacher of the Year was made. To the applause, cheers, and standing ovation from the audience, Allison Konter’s name was announced and she was bestowed the great honor of the 2013 Savannah-Chatham Teacher of the Year.
Selecting the Teacher of the Year comes as a year-long effort that combines an intensive application process, panel interviews, and classroom observations. Teams of community members and district staff take part in the judging that culminates with the announcement of the Teacher of the Year at the annual gala.
The current district level Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Melissa Webb, was on hand to welcome the newly named Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Webb will continue to act as the District Teacher of the Year throughout the 2012 school year. Allison Konter will now continue to the state level for consideration in the Georgia State Teacher of the Year Program and will officially begin her representation of the Savannah-Chatham Teacher of the Year during the 2012-2013 school-year. She will represent teachers during monthly school board meetings and serve as the chair of the Superintendent’s Professional Teacher Senate.
As a show of community support for our educators, Mrs. Konter, and all Teacher of the Year representatives took home an array of gifts donated by community businesses. Special thanks to all of our business partners, sponsors, and community partners who make the Teacher of the Year Gala a success!
More about Mrs. Konter:
Allison Konter’s road to the classroom started at the state capitol. As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, she worked for Senator Eric Johnson through two legislative sessions. While working at the state capitol her passion for education and education policy exploded, as she was fascinated by the impact that legislative decisions had on schools. After interviewing legislators and educators and analyzing education policy, Mrs. Konter quickly realized that the best way to make a difference in education was inside the classroom.
In 2006, with a Political Science background, she launched her teaching career in the Fulton County School System and quickly made an impact as highlighted by a 99% End of Course Pass rate for her U.S. History students. In 2007 Mrs. Konter brought her natural talent for teaching to Savannah. For three years she taught U.S. History, Government, Psychology, and Sociology at Johnson High School, and soon found herself contributing beyond the classroom in various leadership opportunities. Mrs. Konter was honored to be selected to provide a “best practices” presentation to other U.S. History teachers throughout the district and she worked in collaboration with two other teachers to re-write the High School U.S. History curriculum for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
Her efforts to expand her experience and knowledge are in constant motion. For two years, Mrs. Konter was a part of the Teaching American History grant program, an outstanding program that provides comprehensive content knowledge with effective techniques for daily teaching practices. During the summer of 2009 she traveled to New York City to be a part of a week long summer institute where educators experienced first-hand historical knowledge that provided for enriched content delivery in the classroom. Mrs. Konter has also traveled to Stanford University for a Gilder Lehrmen Summer Seminar where she had the opportunity to work with other teachers and the Dean of the Stanford Law School to investigate how the Supreme Court has shaped American History.
Staying active in the community is a high priority for this educator as well. She is a member of the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) and serves on the Board of Directors helping to coordinate educational and enrichment activities for the Savannah community. Mrs. Konter acts as the Co-Chair of the JEA Health and Wellness committee, is a member of the William Jay Society, a young professional organization with the Telfair Art Museum, and is a member of Next Generation, a young professional organization tied to Memorial Health University’s Children’s Hospital.
Mrs. Kontor prides in her ability to connect with students and inspire them with a caring attitude. Each day she sets out to not only ensure they achieve academically, but to inspire them to seek knowledge and connect it to their life in a way that promotes their continued growth and development. In 2006, Mrs. Konter received a Masters in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University. She currently teaches at Islands High School.