The annual Savannah- Chatham Teacher of the Year Gala took place on Thursday, January 12th. The event brought together 51 of the district’s top teachers to honor their outstanding achievements and contributions to public education. Of the 51 school level Teacher of the Year representatives, five finalists were honored from which the next district level Teacher of the Year was announced. The five finalists included: Pamela Edenfield, Georgetown K-8 School; Janeen McAbee, Shuman Elementary; Michael Proto, Pooler Elementary; Allison Konter, Islands High School; and Dr. Angela Cuyler-Hunter, Spencer Elementary.
Allison Konter’s road to the classroom started at the state capitol. As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, she worked for Senator Eric Johnson through two legislative sessions. While working at the state capitol her passion for education and education policy exploded, as she was fascinated by the impact that legislative decisions had on schools. After interviewing legislators and educators and analyzing education policy, Mrs. Konter quickly realized that the best way to make a difference in education was inside the classroom.
Staying active in the community is a high priority for this educator as well. She is a member of the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) and serves on the Board of Directors helping to coordinate educational and enrichment activities for the Savannah community. Mrs. Konter acts as the Co- Chair of the JEA Health and Wellness committee, is a member of the William Jay Society, a young professional organization with the Telfair Art Museum, and is a member of Next Generation, a young professional organization tied to Memorial Health University’s Children’s Hospital.
Mrs. Kontor prides in her ability to connect with students and inspire them with a caring attitude. Each day she sets out to not only ensure they achieve academically, but to inspire them to seek knowledge and connect it to their life in a way that promotes their continued growth and development. In 2006, Mrs. Konter received a Masters in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University. She currently teaches at Islands High School.