Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SCCPSS Names Five Finalists for 2021 Teacher of the Year

Published on: 10/30/2019

​​​On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in a reception hosted by the Savannah Morning News, teachers were on hand to represent their school in the 2021 Teacher of the Year program. This year’s applications were reviewed by a panel of school district personnel and community members who had the difficult task of narrowing down the top finalists.

​During the reception the top five finalists were announced by the current Teacher of the Year, Kathy Whitney of Garrison School for the Arts. Each will now move to district level competition to participate in a month long judging process that includes classroom observations and panel interviews. The finalists include: Stephanie Lash of the STEM Academy at Bartlett, Cherie Dennie  of Hesse K-8 School, Jessica Roberts of Windsor Forest Elementary School, Daivd Westbrook of Jenkins High School and Dr. LaKeindra Byno of Windsor Forest High School.

One of these individuals will be named the 2021 District Teacher of the Year and participate in state-level competition. The full list of the 2021 Teacher of the Year representatives includes: 

Kristen LeClair - Beach High School
Shelley Willis - Bloomingdale Elementary School
Desma Patterson - Brock Elementary School
Jessica Johnson - Building Bridges Middle School Academy
Vanaja Vijayaraghavan - Building Bridges High School Academy
Stephanie Tobgo - Butler Elementary School
Brooks Barbaree - Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy
Sarah Harper - Coastal Middle School
Jenene Brown - DeRenne Middle School
Courtney Zideo - Early Learning Center at Formey School
Wonda Goodwin - Charles Ellis Montessori Academy
Angela Robinson - Gadsden Elementary School
Robin Brown - Garden City Elementary School
Melanie Hoffman - Garrison School for the Arts
Douglas McGarity - Georgetown K8 School
Elvana Salas - Godley Station K8 School
Takisha Knowles - Gould Elementary School
Kristen Arnott - Groves High School
Brandi Carter - Haven Elementary School
Lindsey Rodriguez - Heard Elementary School
Cherie Dennis - Hesse K8 School
Mary-Elise Ulin - Hodge Elementary School
Beth Parsons - Howard Elementary School
Pamela Daniels - Hubert Middle School
Jessica Cameron - Islands High School
Beth Ronning - Isle of Hope K8 School
Sunny Chadwell - J.G. Smith Elementary School
David Westbrook - Jenkins High School
Terry Kiser - Johnson High School
Toni West - Largo-Tibet Elementary School
Ronica Williams - School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary
Renee Nelson - Marshpoint Elementary School
Mark Greene - Mercer Middle School
Meghan Humphrey - Myers Middle School
Virginia Highsmith - New Hampstead High School
Ben Wells - Oglethorpe Charter School
Teresa Baker - Pooler Elementary School
Telisa Clark - Port Wentworth Elementary School
Amy Williams - Pulaski Elementary School
Dyshatari Mikell - Rice Creek School
Jeff Fortson - Savannah Arts Academy
Janet McCray - Savannah Early College High School
Lorraine Bowers - School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High
Nakisha Poteau - Shuman Elementary School
Courtney Richmond - Southwest Elementary School
Porschia Mitchell - Southwest Middle School
Stephanie Lash - STEM Academy at Bartlett
Torey Connelly - Tybee Maritime Academy
Heather Gonsalves - West Chatham Elementary School
Chiquisha Tomlin-Williams - West Chatham Middle School
Katrina Wilcox - White Bluff Elementary School
Shanna Musbau - A.B. Williams Elementary School
Jessica Roberts - Windsor Forest Elementary School
Dr. LaKeindra Byno - Windsor Forest High School
Janelle Partap-Richardson - Woodville Tompkins High School


Check out pictures from the event here​​​. Congratulations to all!

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