Georgia State Teacher of the Year, 2012
As a product of the public education system, Jadun McCarthy is a representation of the truly transformative power of education. After graduating from the Bibb County School District in Macon, Georgia, Jadun attended Morehouse College on a Presidential Academic Scholarship. After Morehouse, Jadun pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer by enrolling in the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Jadun decided that he did not want to pursue a career in prosecutorial law. Instead, he enrolled in the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GA TAPP) and began teaching at his alma mater, Northeast High School. In addition to teaching American and British Literature and Composition courses, Jadun served as the school’s leadership team chair, Junior Class Advisor, Senior Class Co-Advisor, and Title I/S.I.G./Academics Coordinator. In 2012, Jadun had the honor of being selected as Georgia’s Teacher of the Year. Most recently, Jadun has served as the Coordinator for Teacher Quality and Director of Performance Management for Atlanta Public Schools. Jadun believes it is an honor and privilege to positively impact and mold the future leaders of our state, our nation, and our world.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.