Islands High School teacher and 2013 Teacher of the Year, Allison Konter, is the 2013 recipient of a prestigious community award presented by the Savannah Bar Association (SBA). Konter was presented with the Liberty Bell Award during the May 2013 SBA luncheon. The Liberty Bell Award is an award that recognizes a nonlawyer community member for outstanding service in promoting a better understanding of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The recipient encourages a greater respect for law in the courts, individual responsibility, and fosters a better appreciation for the rule of law.
SBA members specifically recognized Konter’s dedication to teaching, leadership, and educational impact, not only in the classroom, but across the Savannah Chatham Public School district. Her road to the classroom started at the Georgia state capitol. As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, she worked for Senator Eric Johnson through two legislative sessions.
With a Political Science background, Konter began teaching in 2006. She helped to create a curriculum guide for U.S. History teachers in Savannah-Chatham Public Schools and traveled to Stanford University for a Gilder Lehrmen Summer Seminar where she worked with other teachers and the Dean of the Stanford Law School to investigate how the Supreme Court shaped American History. As a teacher at Islands High School she serves as the Social Studies Chair and also acts as the Mock Trial Teacher Coach. Under her leadership, and with the help of local attorneys who volunteer their time to coach teams or judge competitions, Mock Trial students prepare each year for regional competition. Students compete as prosecution, plaintiff, and defense teams in real world courthouse settings. Konter describes it as one of the best examples of an authentic learning activity found in social studies.
Konter received a Masters in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University and is the 2013 Savannah-Chatham County Public School System’s Teacher of the Year. “I am honored to be recognized by the Savannah Bar Association,” she said. “With their partnership, schools in Savannah are able to provide a greater understanding of our Constitution, civil liberties, and the American justice system