Alumni Profile: Casey Bethel, ‘2000

Oct. 20, 2019

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 and 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.

His research has included work in biochemistry to find cures for Alzheimer’s disease and inherited glaucoma. His findings have been published in various peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Genetics, and lessons he designed have been featured in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Learn more about Casey Bethel:

Watch: TEDx Talk- Casey Bethel on The Power of Meaningful School Partnerships
Watch: Casey Bethel’s Keynote Address at the 2017 Impacting Student Learning Conference
Read: Georgia Public Broadcasting | Q&A with Casey Bethel: Reflections as Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year
Read: Georgia Tech Profile: Meet Casey Bethel, Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year
Watch: Casey Bethel “High Aspirations” | The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
Listen: (Buzzsprout.com) Leading from the Classroom | 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year Casey Bethel
Read: National Life Group Life Changer of the Year Grand Prize Finalist Profile- Casey Bethel
Read: Atlanta Journal Constitution | Georgia’s Next Teacher of the Year Chose Teaching Over Medicine