2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year: We need to show students what scientists, engineers do

Casey Bethel, a science teacher at New Manchester High School, in Douglas County, is 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Georgia 2017 Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel delivered a lively speech at a Tedx event in March that became accessible online this week. You ought to watch it.

A Douglas County high school science teacher, Bethel discussed how few students go on to major in science in college. As a teacher, he realized we can’t make kids believe they can become engineers or scientists without exposing them to what engineers or scientists actually do.

His talk, “The Power of Meaningful School-Industry Partnerships,” targets schools and industry.

Bethel earned a master’s degree in plant genetics and conducted experimental research at the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies at the University of Georgia. Bethel worked with biochemist Raquel L. Lieberman in her lab at Georgia Tech as part of the Georgia Internship for Teachers program and now takes his students into the lab.

Bethel recently ended his stint with DOE advocating for public education. In June, John R. Tibbetts, an economics teacher from Worth County High School in Sylvester, was named the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year

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Jennifer Boyd Miller
Jennifer Boyd Miller

He is so fantastic! 10 minutes of conversation with him would inspire anyone to teach!

Becky Buice
Becky Buice

I met Casey when we were both nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award last school year. Although neither of us won, it was an amazing experience. #LCOY #LCOYHonorRollBuice

Tange English
Tange English

Yes....every inspiring...where is he working now?

Kate Maloney
Kate Maloney

I had the most wonderful time Skyping with girls in a STEM camp this summer! Engineers do fun and exciting things!