TCSS Teacher of the Year

Troup County School System TOTY

The 2018-2019 System Teacher of the Year winner is ….. Randy Hardigree, Biology and Environmental Science at LaGrange High. Congratulations Mr. Hardigree!  Of his favorite teaching moments; Mr. Hardigree says:

As the years have seasoned me, I’ve become prone to celebrate the smallest moments - one of which recently left a mark on my heart. One of my credit recovery students had hit a wall. He had worked so hard all semester and couldn’t seem to pass his English final. He was ready to surrender, but I was able to identify some clear weaknesses and offer some tutoring. He really studied what we went over, and much to his surprise - he passed the final and the EOC test! I was deeply moved by his pride - and his gratitude for my help!

      Hardigree

                            


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Kayla Yeargin -Troup County  High School

2017 - 2018 Teacher of the Year

2018 - 2019 GADOE State Finalist

                


Jill

Jill Gay - Hollis Hand Elementary School

2016 - 2017 Teacher of the Year


Michelle

Michelle Ashmore -Troup County  High School

2015 - 2016 Teacher of the Year

2016 - 2017 GADOE State Finalist


Wimbush

Nichelle Wimbush -Troup County  High School

2014 - 2015 Teacher of the Year


Silcox

Jorine Silcox - Franklin Forest Elementary

2013 - 2014 Teacher of the Year


Holstun

Jessica Holstun - Long Cane Elementary

2012 - 2013 Teacher of the Year


Slay

Lori Slay - LaGrange High School

2011 - 2012 Teacher of the Year


Willis

Katie Bush Willis - Berta Weathersbee Elementary

2010 - 2011 Teacher of the Year


Pompey

Rochelle Pompey - Whitesville Road Elementary

2009 - 2010 Teacher of the Year


Wilson-Jones

Ruth Anne Wilson-Jones - West Side Magnet School

2008 - 2009 Teacher of the Year


Curtis

David Curtis - Callaway High School

2007 - 2008 Teacher of the Year

2008 - 2009 GADOE State Finalist


Giddens

Denise Giddens - Franklin Forest Elementary

2006 - 2007 Teacher of the Year


Hornsby

Jacque Hornsby - West Side Magnet School

2005-2006 Teacher of the Year


Henderson

Robbie Henderson 

2004 - 2005 Teacher of the Year


Myers

Kimberly Myers - Hollis Hand Elementary

2003 - 2004 Teacher of the Year


Sargent

Cathy Sargent - Troup High School

2002 - 2003 Teacher of the Year


Rogers

Pippy Rogers  

2001 - 2002 Teacher of the Year


Otto

Cathy Otto 

2000 - 2001 Teacher of the Year


Cain

Carol Cain 

1999 - 2000 Teacher of the Year


Dudley

Bonnie Dudley  

1998 - 1999 Teacher of the Year


Adcock

Gloria Adcock 

1997 - 1998 Teacher of the Year


Paul

Alexis Paul  

1996 - 1997 Teacher of the Year


Mann

Nancy Mann 

1995 - 1996 Teacher of the Year


A special thank you to the Troup County Archives and F.C. Johnson, III for providing the following additional Teacher of the Year Information:  Georgia Department of Education began the Teacher of the Year Program in 1971. Troup County School System named there first Teacher of the Year in 1976 and the LaGrange City Schools started the program in 1985. 

YEAR   NAME   SYSTEM
1994   Kenneth R. Moore   LaGrange
1994   Faye Benjamin   Troup
1993   Jacqueline Beasley Hornsby   LaGrange
1993   Karen Riddle   Troup
1992   Gale Chase Chance   LaGrange
1992   Mikki Wilson Wallace   Troup
1991   Polly Hutchinson   LaGrange
1991   Joyce Harris Linch   Troup
1990   Dale Poston Allen   LaGrange
1990   Jane Humphries   Troup
1989   Alexis White Paul   LaGrange
1989   Dariel Wayne Daniel   Troup
1988   Bill Parsons   LaGrange
1988   Brenda Clifton   Troup
1987   Curmilla Furgerson   LaGrange
1987   Margaret Lane Duttera   Troup
1986   Cathy Redden   LaGrange
1986   Nancy Everitt   Troup
1985   Bonnie Funderburk Dudley   LaGrange
1985   Cindy Marsh Estes   Troup
1984   Thomas Whatley   Troup
1983   Wylene Rholetter   Troup
1982   Gail Joiner   Troup
1981   Carolyn Slaughter Bean   Troup
1980   Susan Robertson Carlisle   Troup
1979   Ida Florine Tarver Jones   Troup
1978   Barry Nathan Jackson   Troup
1977   Annie Lucille Tarver Greene   Troup
1976   William Dunagan   Troup

 

 

 

 

From time to time, prior to 1971, various groups have recognized a local teacher as “Teacher of the Year” but it was not this official program.  They did not do it consistently year to year.  Among those,  the following were noted:

The LaGrange Education Association (pre-integration, white teacher organization) for a few years recognized “Teachers of the Year:” Isma Swain, 1956; Louise Owen, 1957 ; and Lillian Clark, 1958.

WLAG Radio Station held a contest for “Teacher of the Year” in 1960 and selected Stella Bradfield.

The LaGrange Teachers’ Association (pre-integration, black teacher organization) recognized “Teachers of the Year” a couple of times: Louise Allen Epps in 1956; Bertha Brabham in 1964; and Wellie S. Wilburn in 1965.

In 1970, the Key Club at LHS recognized Mrs. Lollie Traylor Love (Mrs. J. R.) at LaGrange High School as Teacher of the Year.

 


The Teacher of the Year program is designed to recognize excellence in teaching. The process includes:

  • Selection of the nominees from each school by their peers
  • Nominees submit anonymous written essay applications
  • Community and system judges read the anonymous applications
  • Three finalist are chosen
    • One Elementary
    • One Middle and
    • One High School Teacher
  • Three judges from outside TCSS 
    • Score written essay applications and resume
    • Observe classroom teaching
    • Interview finalist

TOTY Recognition

Teacher of the Year Recognition:

  • All nominees are recognized before the TCBOE
  • Coke United presents a plaque to each nominee
  • Nominees receive a supplement 
  • Surprise Patrol visits three finalist bringing flowers and gifts
  • Board recognition and icebergs presented to finalist
  • Reception is hosted for all nominees and finalist
  • Three finalist receive an additional supplement 

The nominees and finalist are featured throughout the school year through social media, web stories, news articles, videos and their favorite teaching moments.