Frank Zamora, a U.S. History teacher at Johnson High School, has been named the Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020 for the Hall County School District.
Zamora was selected from among representatives from all 36 schools in the district, according to district Superintendent Will Schofield.
"It was a very special moment for me to see Superintendent Will Schofield walk into my classroom to give me the news," Zamora said. "It is truly a blessing to have been chosen for this honor among so many amazing teachers in Hall County. I am thankful to God, my family and all the people that have poured into my life to make me the teacher and person I am today."
Zamora began his teaching career at Johnson High School in the 2013-2014 school-year and currently serves as chairperson of the social studies department. In addition to his teaching duties at the school, Zamora serves as assistant coach in the JHS Knights’ state champion soccer program. He also sponsors Latino Knights of Service, a club at JHS with emphasis on leadership and community service. Zamora is a dedicated member of his church community, serving as Founder and Director of the Saint Michael Scholarship Fund.
Johnson Principal Stan Lewis said Zamora's teaching and leadership skills are exemplary.
“I can think of no one who loves his students more than Frank Zamora. And because of the love he has for students, Frank pushes himself every day to give them the best that he has to offer. This love fuels Frank to go above and beyond to meet their needs. He believes in his students—and they know he believes in them," Lewis said. "Frank Zamora is an inspiration to all of us, and I am humbled to work alongside a man of such strong character and love.”
Zamora, a 2007 graduate of Chestatee High School in Hall County, received his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Georgia in August 2013. Prior to attending UGA, he earned an Associate of Arts in History Degree from Gainesville College (now the University of North Georgia) in 2010.
Zamora will now compete with other system winners from across the state for Georgia Teacher of the Year for 2020.