Casey Bethel is a passionate educator, an accomplished scientist, and a mentor to students of all ages. He was named the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year. He was also nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. He earned a master’s degree in plant genetics from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Fort Valley State University. He is the system-wide K-12 science and STEM coordinator for the Douglas County School System. Prior to that role, he served as program director for campus and community coordination with Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing, where he coordinated professional development and STEM outreach programs. He also served as a science teacher and mentor at New Manchester High School in Douglasville, Georgia, where he taught advanced placement biology and physics and sponsored Project Manhood, a male mentoring group.