2020 Teacher of the Year:
George Anderson was born in Peoria, Illinois but grew up just south of Myrtle Beach, in Murrells Inlet/Garden City, South Carolina and graduated from Socastee High School in 1994. Lacking funds for college and not wanting to stay around home, Anderson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps infantry and left for boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina in the fall of 1994. As he came to the end of his enlistment, he heavily debated staying but ultimately decided he wanted to pursue a college education and could always come back to the Marines. Anderson moved to Iowa in 1999 to attend the University of Iowa and pursue a degree in history. Starting off at Kirkwood Community College, eventually transferred to Iowa graduated in 2006 with a masters in social science education. That Fall he was hired at John F. Kennedy High School and plans to be there until retirement. Over the course of his 14 years of being an educator he’s served as a building union representative, co-department chair for social studies head coach for the freshmen and sophomore football teams, and currently is an assistant varsity coach. He was the shot put and discus coach for track & field winning two state championships and numerous state and Drake appearances. He also sponsored the Green Club, Young Republicans, and the Video Game club. He’s been married to his best friend, Stephanie, for 14 years now and they have two wonderful little girls, Summer & Brielle.