To celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, Grace Ed Technologies (get) selected three Georgia educators as 2022 Teacher Heroes. Educational leaders from get partner districts were asked to nominate a deserving K-12 teacher who demonstrates extraordinary dedication, effort, character and ability. Nearly 100 highly qualified teachers were nominated from numerous get partner districts. Among 15 exceptional finalists, three winners were chosen:


  • Shelita Close, Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge, GA, Decatur County School District

  • Keith Helms, Seminole County Middle/High School, Donalsonville, GA, Seminole County Schools

  • Savannah Porter, Creekview High School, Canton, GA, Cherokee County School District


In the coming days, get will proudly present each of the three hero winners with a $1,000 award. The other 12 very deserving finalists will be recognized with a $100 award:


  • Amanda Deverger, McIntosh Middle, Darien, GA, McIntosh County School District

  • Lawanda Flonnory, Temple Middle School, Temple, GA, Carroll County School District

  • Kim Grigley, Unity Elementary, Luthersville, GA, Meriwether County School System

  • Felicia Hilson, S. L. Mason Elementary, Valdosta, GA, Valdosta City Schools

  • Katherine Johnson, Westside Elementary, Douglas, GA, Coffee County School District

  • Penny Mason, Metter High, Metter, GA, Candler County Schools

  • Megan Pendley, Blackburn Elementary, Dawsonville, GA, Lumpkin County School System

  • Barbara Poole, Swainsboro Elementary, Swainsboro, GA, Emanuel County Schools

  • Ronica Reid, Sunset Elementary, Moultrie, GA, Colquitt County Schools

  • Lori Townley, Loganville Middle, Loganville, GA, Walton County School District

  • Bruce Thomas, Wacona Elementary, Waycross, GA, Ware County Schools

  • Natalie Wade, Buford Academy, Buford, GA, Buford City Schools


The HERO Awards support one of get’s core missions to give back to teachers from the partner districts served. Owner of get Brent Coleman said, “I look forward to the get Teacher HERO contest every year. It is an honor to publicly recognize deserving educators of our community. Reading through the many nominations is truly inspiring for our committee. It is so, so difficult for us to choose the three winners. We sincerely appreciate the heart and dedication teachers display on a daily basis."

About Grace Ed Technologies (get):

Grace Ed Technologies offers K-12 school districts with technology solutions that have a significant instructional and safety benefit. In Georgia, get proudly partners with over 85 public school districts for the implementation of the CENTEGIX CrisisAlert™ Solution (, Kloud-12 classroom video (, classroom audio solutions, and/or Ecovasive Infection Control ( to achieve smarter, safer schools.