Teacher of the Year
Ami Patel teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Lee County Elementary School. She has been at Lee County Elementary for 9 years and has taught ESOL for the past 5 years. Her first 4 years at Lee County Elementary were spent teaching grades 4 and 5, with content areas including reading, science, and math.
Patel began teaching in Coweta County in 2007 at Welch Elementary. She taught 2nd grade for 2 years, teaching all content areas, and then taught 5th grade math for a few years before she was selected as Teacher of the Year for Welch Elementary for 2011-2012. In 2013, she moved to Ruth Hill Elementary and taught 5th grade math and was selected as Teacher of the Year. Patel was awarded System Teacher of the Year for Coweta County in 2014. The following year, she moved to Southwest Georgia and has been at Lee County Elementary ever since.
Patel obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Georgia in 2003. She attended Mercer University for her teaching certification and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2007. In 2011, Patel enrolled at The University of West Georgia, where she earned her Specialist and ESOL endorsement. She also worked on her Doctorate in School Improvement there, and completed all coursework with just the dissertation remaining.