In this ongoing series, you’ll find profiles on Teachers of the Year from Emanuel County Schools presented alphabetically by last name. This group was actually selected for the 2019-2020 school year. Per Georgia’s School Superintendent Richard Woods, the 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year Program was suspended to adapt to the realities of COVID-19. As a result, the conference and gala planned for May 2020 were postponed to 2021, and there were no applications due to the state in December 2020. The next application due date is set for December 2021. The current 2021 Teacher of the Year cohort (the application that was due in December 2019) will become the 2022 cohort in an effort to ensure these teachers are recognized fully. Thus, the cohort being recognized by The Crossroads Chronicle is as follows: Dawn Boddiford, Rachel Burkhalter, Gene Hundley, Mary Hundley, Alexandria Walden, and Frank Wimberly.
Frank Wimberly is a U.S. history and economics teacher at ECI, where he has been for eight years. He received his associate from East Georgia State College, his bachelor’s in history at Georgia Southern, and his master’s in teacher leadership from Clayton State.
Before his career at ECI, Wimberly taught at Johnson County High School for two years. He has a passion for history, and he brings that passion for history to students.
From high school to college, Wimberly had some great history teachers who inspired him as a learner. He tries to help his students look at history as a story as opposed to mindless memorization of facts and dates. As a reminder of why Wimberly teaches, he loves to see students become interested in taking in new information and reconsidering how they look at the world.
The most rewarding part of teaching, Wimberly says, is the relationship-building. As a teacher and coach, he gets to know students past the grade book; instead, he gets to know the uniqueness of each student, and that makes his profession that much better.
Day in and day out, Wimberly searches for new ways or strategies to better his craft. He is fortunate to work with some really great teachers who set the bar high. On that note, he said, “When I was selected as TOTY, I felt that they felt like they saw in me what I see in so many of them.”