2016-17 PAGE President is an Innovative and Accomplished Educator
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Posted by: Meg Thornton
Renowned Georgia educator Amy Denty is the 2016-17 president of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. A 25-year educator and the curriculum director for Wayne County Schools, Denty was Georgia’s 2000 Teacher of the Year. She received the 1999 President’s Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Georgia and, that same year, the Milken Family Foundation awarded her $25,000 as a National Educator Award recipient. In 1994, the Albany native was South Carolina’s Elementary Science Teacher of the Year.
For many years, Denty taught science at Arthur Williams Middle School in Jesup. As a teacher in South Carolina, she led her school in the development of an elementary science lab that was adopted as a statewide model. Qualified as a master science specialist by the Curriculum Leadership Institute, Denty is hailed as an enthusiastic and inventive educator. Years ago, for example, a newspaper reporter visited her class on a day that her students were eagerly mummifying a chicken that they had dried in salt and baking soda.
Denty was the first classroom teacher to chair the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, which handles teacher credentialing, preparation and ethics.
A PAGE board member for five years, Denty joined PAGE in her first year of teaching and rejoined upon returning from teaching in South Carolina.
"I’m following a long line of really accomplished PAGE presidents," Denty told her hometown newspaper The Press-Sentinel
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in science from the University of South Carolina and an educational specialist’s degree from Georgia Southern University. The National Board Certified Teacher has been a middle school science teacher, an elementary school teacher, a gifted teacher, an instructional coach and an assistant principal.