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2022-2023 Teachers of the Year

2022-2023 Commerce Primary Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Beverly Sailers


Mrs. Sailers received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College in 2009. In 2011, she completed her Master of Science Degree in Education from Walden University. Mrs. Sailers has taught third grade EIP, fourth grade, kindergarten, and second grade. She currently teaches second grade at Commerce Primary. She is married to Michael Sailers, and they have six children (5 girls and 1 boy) Carlee, Emma Julia, Peyton, Maggie, Emerson, and Gauge.

Outside of school, Mrs. Sailers enjoys spending time with her family and being on the go constantly with six active children.



2022-2023 Commerce Elementary Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Jenna Hall


Mrs. Hall earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in 2017. She earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University in 2020. Currently, Mrs. Hall is the music teacher at Commerce Primary and Commerce Elementary. She teaches PreK-4th grade, and she loves the wide range of ages that she has the opportunity to work with each day. In 2018, Mrs. Hall married her husband, Taylor. They moved to Commerce in 2021.

They are expecting their first baby which is a boy in February of 2023. In her spare time, Mrs. Hall enjoys playing with her two dogs, Tuck and Ellie, and spending time on Lake Hartwell with her family.



2022-2023 Commerce Middle Teacher of the Year- Mrs. Becky Duke


Mrs. Duke graduated from Commerce High School in 1990. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education (Language Arts/Social Science) from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Duke also earned her Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Duke has 28 years of teaching experience. She has taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. This school year is Mrs. Duke’s 13th year teaching in the Commerce City School System. Mrs. Duke is married to Doug. They have two children, Reagan, 18, and Grayson, 12. As a family, they enjoy having time with parents/grandparents and extended family that includes twin great nieces and a great nephew.



2022-2023 Commerce High Teacher of the Year- Mr. Tommy Palmer


Mr. Palmer earned an Associates of Computer Science Degree from Gainesville College, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Southern Polytechnic University, a Masters in Math Education from Piedmont College, and a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. After leaving the engineering field 17 years ago, Mr. Palmer started his first job in education with Jackson County High School and moved to East Jackson High School when it opened. Mr. Palmer has taught all levels of math in high school as well as 7th and 8th grades in middle school. He has been a college instructor for the past 13 years. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor with Truett McConnell College for one year. Mr. Palmer currently teaches college math as an adjunct instructor for Athens Technical College and Young Harris

College. At CHS, he presently teaches Honors Algebra 2, Honors Coordinate Algebra, and College Algebra (YHC) for dual enrollment students. He has also taught Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus at CHS. Mr. Palmer is married to Jenny. They have a daughter, Ryleigh (21), and a son, Isaac (18). Mr. Palmer enjoys traveling with his family. He has visited 47 states and hopes to travel to the other three states within the next two years.