Jemelleh Coes
Special Education English Language Arts Teacher


  • Common Core
  • Special education and learning disabilities
  • Teacher development

Jemelleh Coes is Georgia’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. She taught language arts and math to middle school students, with a focus in special education, from 2008 to 2014. She currently serves as a supervising instructor for teacher candidates in the middle grades program at the University of Georgia, where she is working on a doctorate in education theory and practice with certificates in interdisciplinary law and policy. Coes is the daughter of immigrant parents and is a first generation college graduate. She has traveled nationally and internationally to collect research from various educational systems to find ways to make improvements and validate the successes of local systems. Coes is a teacher leader for the National Network of State Teachers of the Year; an advisory councilman for the Georgia Partnership of Excellence in Education; a board member for the Georgia Cyber Academy; an advisory councilman of Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation; co-chair of NAACP State of Georgia Education Committee; and a board member for Georgia Southern University Alumni. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Georgia Southern University.