This award means that the impact I have made in the classroom and on my school is being recognized on a much larger scale than I ever dreamed it would. I do what I do for my kids, however, I am excited that I have the opportunity to influence so many more. I have been blessed with the opportunity to share my passion for teaching with my state and my beloved country. There are so many hardworking educators around the world, and I get the chance to represent and honor this great profession.

Pamela Hytower Carrollton, GA | 7-12, Mathematics, 2019

The official biography below was current at the time of the award.

Pamela "Regina" Hytower has been an educator in the field of mathematics for 16 years and has spent the last 12 years at Carrollton Junior High School. She previously taught at Chestnut Middle School for two years and Pointe South Middle School for two years. Regina is currently teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics elective courses and eighth grade honors mathematics. Regina developed the curriculum for courses that are focused on accelerating student growth in academic achievement and confidence in learning mathematics. The students’ growth has been an average of one year in one semester. This is due to a positive and challenging learning environment that includes flexible seating and individual learning plans. Due to her influence, flexible seating is becoming part of the school’s culture. Regina’s influence and leadership go beyond the classroom. She is a leader among her colleagues as the lead mentor teacher in which she delivers monthly professional development training with new teachers and oversees the school’s teacher mentoring program. Regina has assumed the role of an assistant principal when needed and is the current mathematics curriculum representative which entails developing curriculum and professional development. She has also started and supervised a new student organization, SHAPE, focused on increasing health and wellness in the school. Regina earned a B.S. in public relations and a M.S. in educational leadership from Georgia Southern University, certification to teach middle school mathematics, and an endorsement for teaching students in the gifted program. She has received several Teacher of the Year nominations and excellence in teaching awards and recently received a nomination for 2019–2020 Lifechanger of the Year.