Introducing... Jay Nebel

Introducing... Jay Nebel

2013 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced Jay Nebel’s name on Thursday, November 1, 2012, during the final moments of the annual Teacher of the Year banquet.

Mr. Nebel teaches World History to 9th and 10th graders at Norcross High. In addition to earning the school system’s top honor, he was recognized earlier in the evening as the 2013 Gwinnett County High School Teacher of the Year.

He was selected from a group of six districtwide finalists which included one elementary school teacher, three middle school finalists, and two teachers at the high school level.

As the only finalist at the elementary level, Erica Leach of Walnut Grove Elementary automatically was designated as the district’s 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. From the three middle school finalists, Heidi Mikulecky of Richards Middle was named the system’s 2013 Middle School Teacher of the Year.

From left to right: Jay Nebel, Erica Leach, and Heidi Mikulecky.

As the district’s top educator, Mr. Nebel was chosen from a field of more than 11,000 Gwinnett teachers. The selection process began with the naming of 131 local school Teachers of the Year. The group was later narrowed down to 26 semifinalists, and finally to the six finalists. In addition to the three level winners (Leach, Mikulecky, and Nebel), the other three finalists were Celisa Edwards of Dacula Middle, Deborah Johnson of Berkmar Middle, and Dean Landers of Peachtree Ridge High.