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Gulannar Rattani, semifinalist for GCPS Teacher of the Year

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan
October 2019
Gulannar Rattani, semifinalist for GCPS Teacher of the Year

Teachers have made a difference in the lives of many of us, and their selfless service deserves recognition. Gwinnett County Public Schools has announced its local teachers of the year 2019-2020, and one is Gulannar Akhtar Rattani, Algebra I Teacher–Gear Up for Graduation Program (Grade 8, Moore Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA).

“Our Teachers of the Year exemplify the high expectations that our Gwinnett parents and community have for every teacher in every classroom,” Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support said in a press release. “They are selected by their peers because of the great things they do for students every day, and they are models of excellence for their colleagues as well.”

Ms. Rattani graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education. A dedicated teacher, she is known for paying money from her own pocket, as many teachers do, in her case $20 to $40 a month to purchase supplies like an electric pencil sharpener, hand sanitizer, and tissues. Recently, she assisted an art teacher in creating an infinity room as a quiet reading space for students in the media center of their school; the installation was featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post. She strives to build meaningful relationships with her students and encourages them to believe that they can be successful in math regardless of their past experiences.

This was recognized by her peers, as they voted her to the top for her school’s Teacher of the Year award.

Gulannar Rattani is now a semifinalist for Gwinnett school district’s top honor.

The field of teachers vying to become the 2019-2020 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year just got smaller (9/24/19) as Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced the names of the 25 semifinalists to be considered for the system’s top honor. The group of 15 elementary, five middle, and five high school teachers was selected from the initial list of 139 local school Teachers of the Year who were nominated by their colleagues at their local schools. The 2019-20 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year will be announced in November at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet. This year’s Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year semifinalists are: Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year banquet will be held Thursday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Infinite Energy Forum.

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