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The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) understands how critical teacher and leader quality are in ensuring that every child receives an excellent education. To promote this belief, the AFAEE recognizes outstanding teachers and school leaders each year from the following five Metro Atlanta school districts: Atlanta Public Schools, Cobb County Schools, DeKalb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

2019 Atlanta Families' Awards Selection Process Timeline*

(*All dates are tentative and subject to be changed according to the needs of the selection committee.)

August 30th Nominations + Applications Open
September 28th Nominations Close (Applicants can still self apply!)
October 19th Video Submissions Due
November 5th Essay Round Opens (for applicants who advanced)
December 28th  Essays Due
January 21st - February 15th  Live Observations (for applicants who advanced)
Saturday, March 2nd  Final Interview Day (for finalists)
Spring 2019 Winner Notifications
May 1, 2019

14th Annual Atlanta Families' Awards Ceremony

The Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education was conceived as a way to recognize the “best of the best” in Metro Atlanta education. By recognizing excellent educators each year, the Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education hopes to retain excellent teachers and school leaders, inspire other educators to transform their craft, and increase the public’s awareness of educator and student success across the region.

Educators in Metro Atlanta receive this award by demonstrating excellence in three areas:
     • Raising student achievement
     • Enhancing students’ self-esteem
     • Collaboration with multiple stakeholders for the benefit of students.

Each teacher and school leader winner is awarded $7,500 that includes funding for a school project of the winner’s choice ($3,500), funding for a professional development opportunity to increase the winner’s effectiveness in the school or classroom ($1,500), and a personal stipend ($2,500).

Since 2006, the AFAEE has granted awards to 147 educators, their classrooms and schools. This year, we will recognize another amazing cohort of educators for their excellent service to children in our region.