Forsyth Central High School’s William Schuyler has been named the Georgia Bio 2018 Teacher of the Year by the GeorgiaBioEd Institute.
According to Maria Thacker, vice president of operations at Georgia Bio, Schuyler was chosen for his “excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teaching and support for the biotechnology pathway.”
Schuyler will be the sixth teacher to be awarded the Georgia Bio teacher of the year award, and was one of four in the state to be nominated this year.
“I’m kind of humbled,” Schuyler said. “Every year I look back at the year and ask myself what worked and what didn’t. And I’m proud of what my students have done, so it’s really rewarding.”
Schuyler and his wife started the STEM Academy program at Forsyth Central in 2010 to take what they had spent years of doing in labs as researchers and use it in the classroom to help prepare students for higher education.
“And we found that this is where we are supposed to be,” he said.
Thacker said that Georgia Bio is thrilled to have Schuyler as its teacher of the year, and that he was “by far the front runner” of the choices this year.
“His enthusiasm to inspire young minds and champion hands-on, cutting-edge learning is to be commended. Recognizing teachers like Mr. Schuyler is important and helps train the industry’s future workforce in a STEM field,” she said.
Schuyler was nominated by Forsyth Central STEM student Ashley Wright.
In the nomination, Wright stated that Schuyler embodies the qualities of a teacher of the year, and that his drive to educate and prepare students has led to the success of many of his alumni.
“He spent years of his life beginning a biotechnology STEM academy, and currently takes it upon himself to ensure each of his students are prepared to be the best in their respective fields,” she said.
“Bill Schuyler ensures each of his students are successful in STEM careers by adequately preparing them beginning their freshman year ... Bill Schuyler ensures his students are better prepared than most. Many of his students have gone on to serve as undergraduate lab assistants their freshman year in college,” Wright said.
According to Thacker, the GeorgiaBioEd Institute is the charitable non-profit division of Georgia Bio focused on educating the public on the benefits of teaching life science, promoting life science research in Georgia and serving as a workforce pipeline to the biotech industries.
Schuyler will be honored with the teacher of the year award at the Georgia Bio Life Science Luminaries Gala Celebration & Awards Ceremony held in February.