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South Forsyth’s Miller named top economics teacher in Georgia
Joel Miller
South Forsyth High School teacher Joel Miller, left front, is presented with the 2020 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year award on Wednesday, Jan. 22, by representatives of the GCEE.

South Forsyth High School’s Joel Miller was selected as the 2020 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE).

Miller was surprised with the award Wednesday, Jan. 22, by representatives from the GCEE.

Each year, the GCEE honors a K-12 classroom teacher “who has contributed to economic and personal finance education through their excellent teaching skills,” said Chris Cannon, associate director and chief program officer of the GCEE.

To get to a winner, the organization first solicits nominations for the award, and the GCEE narrows the field of applicants down to 3-4 finalists based on recommendations, application strength, experience with the GCEE and other factors, Cannon said. The council also makes a classroom visit to watch the finalists teach and conducts an in-person interview.

The GCEE looks for teachers that use council curriculum, use creative teaching methods and participate in economic activities outside the classroom.

“Joel has been coming to workshops and working us for years,” Cannon said, “as well as writing lessons, participating in competitions and consulting with GCEE. He is a shining example of someone who is dedicated to promoting economic education.”