Casey M. Bethel is the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year and a 2017 Life-Changer of the Year Finalist. He speaks and blogs teacher recruitment and retention, diversifying the teaching population and school discipline reform. He is a passionate educator, and accomplished scientist and a mentor to students of all ages. Casey now serves as the K-12 Science, STEM and Computer Science Coordinator for 35 schools in Douglasville, GA. Fourteen years ago, in search of greater fulfillment, he switched to teaching high school biology and physics. He now coordinates teacher professional development and STEM outreach programs through The Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at The Georgia Institute of Technology.