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Dr. Jemelleh Coes

Dr. Jemelleh Coes

Georgia State Teacher of the Year 2014


Dr. Jemelleh Coes

In 2013, Dr. Jemelleh Coes was nominated to represent Bulloch County as Teacher of the Year. She went on to become Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She has been in education for sixteen years at the K-12 and university level.

​ Jemelleh is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first-generation university graduate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Special Education and her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching and Learning from Georgia Southern University. She travels nationally and internationally to collect data from various educational systems to find ways to make improvements and amplify the successes of our local systems.

Jemelleh earned her Ph.D. in  Educational Theory and Practice with certificates in Education Law and Policy, Disability Studies, and Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia.

​ She is the Director of Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College where she leads the program, develops curriculum, and provides professional development opportunities for teacher leaders. She is also a professor at the University of Georgia where she teaches future educators along with future professionals dedicated to disability advocacy.

She also serves as a teacher mentor for classroom teachers throughout the nation. In this capacity, she supports teachers with career development and special projects. Her work is about helping other educators grow. Through this, she is thankful to be able to learn from some of the most exciting and uniquely innovative educators in the country!

With a core value of inclusivity, her work has a laser focus on creating a more just society.


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