• Published January 11, 2022

    The prize patrol was out in full force today as WCS Superintendent Jason Golden and other district leaders visited schools across the county making surprise announcements for the districtwide teacher and classified employees of the year.

    This year's Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Edmondson’s Elaina Gallas. The Elementary School Classified Employee of the Year is Fairview’s Rita Binkley.

    The Middle School Teacher of the Year is Hillsboro School's Landon Hardison. Mill Creek’s Holly Pring was named the Middle School Classified Employee of the Year.

    Fairview’s Stephanie McGaha is the High School Teacher of the Year. The High School Classified Employee of the Year is Ravenwood’s Dave Burnham.

    Every year, each school selects a teacher and classified employee to honor. A teacher at the elementary, middle and high school level is then selected to be a district Teacher of the Year, which qualifies them to compete for State and National honors. A system-wide Classified Employee of the Year is also chosen at the elementary, middle and high school level.

    "Our teachers and staff work every day to support our students inside and outside of the classroom," said WCS Superintendent Jason Golden. "These honorees represent all of the others in our district who are responsible for the excellent education and extra-curricular opportunities that our students receive. It was so special to celebrate them today."

    Be on the lookout for the announcement of department Classified Employees of the Year and videos showing today’s surprise announcements of the district-level Teachers and Classified Employees of the Year in an upcoming issue of InFocus.

     

Elementary School

  • Teachers

    • Allendale Elementary - Katey Olivia Sharber
    • Bethesda Elementary - Daniel Temple
    • Chapman's Retreat Elementary - Shannon Schaefer
    • Clovercroft Elementary - Angela McKeown
    • College Grove Elementary - Nicole Martin
    • Creekside Elementary - Meghan Coyle
    • Crockett Elementary - Michelle Suggs
    • Edmondson Elementary - Elaina Gallas
    • Fairview Elementary - Madison Ovies
    • Grassland Elementary - Pam Zigler
    • Heritage Elementary - Heather Cunningham
    • Hillsboro School (K-5) - Alexis Riggs
    • Hunters Bend Elementary - Heather Jarecki
    • Jordan Elementary - Madison Economos
    • Kenrose Elementary - Tracy Vitou
    • Lipscomb Elementary - Susan Denney Ward
    • Longview Elementary - Lauren Ignomirello
    • Mill Creek Elementary - Shauna Blesie
    • Nolensville Elementary - Audrey Meeks
    • Oak View Elementary - Jami Lunn
    • Pearre Creek  Elementary - Brittany Anderson
    • Scales Elementary - Teresa King
    • Sunset Elementary - William Lambert
    • Thompson's Station Elementary - Kelly Ruiz
    • Trinity Elementary - Abigail Williams
    • Walnut Grove Elementary - Andrea Henry
    • Westwood Elementary - Mary Elizabeth Mateer
    • Winstead Elementary - Keely Price
    • Discovery Virtual K-8 School - Caeley Petrus

    Classified

    • Allendale Elementary - Allison Cook
    • Bethesda Elementary - Dorothy Scott
    • Chapman's Retreat Elementary - Paty Collard
    • Clovercroft Elementary - Lyndi Callister
    • College Grove Elementary - Pam Stephens
    • Creekside Elementary - Sushmita Paul
    • Crockett Elementary - Michele Houghton
    • Edmondson Elementary - Caitlin Arthur
    • Fairview Elementary - Rita Binkley
    • Grassland Elementary - Christy England
    • Heritage Elementary - Rachel Williams
    • Hillsboro School (K-5) - Christie Whidby
    • Hunters Bend Elementary -  Julie Taylor
    • Jordan Elementary - Faith Creighton Keas
    • Kenrose Elementary - Evangelia Georgakoulias
    • Lipscomb Elementary - Zoraida Alicea
    • Longview Elementary - Rachel McConathy
    • Mill Creek Elementary - Allyson Fitzsimons
    • Nolensville Elementary - Phyllis Anderson
    • Oak View Elementary - James Ramhoff
    • Pearre Creek Elementary - Lou Ann McCarthy
    • Scales Elementary - Teresa Whitt
    • Sunset Elementary - Valerie Shirley
    • Thompson's Station Elementary - Rebecca Snipes
    • Trinity Elementary - Nikki Long
    • Walnut Grove Elementary - Jennifer Cork
    • Westwood Elementary - Joni Simms
    • Winstead Elementary - Amanda Romano
    • Discovery Virtual K-8 School - Amy Morrow

Middle School

  • Teachers

    • Brentwood Middle - Joseph Hamrick
    • Fairview Middle - Tracy Vaughn
    • Grassland Middle - Heath Grisso
    • Heritage Middle - Denise Marie Nichols
    • Hillsboro School (6-8) - Landon Hardison
    • Legacy Middle - Nicole Lyke
    • Mill Creek Middle - Katie Shyamsunder
    • Page Middle - Carol Strayer
    • Spring Station Middle - Teri Driver
    • Sunset Middle - Jen Keller
    • Thompson's Station Middle - Emily Ayers
    • Woodland Middle - Jessie Cook
    • Discovery Virtual K-8 School - Stacey DeBoe

    Classified

    • Brentwood Middle - Jacquelyn Layfield
    • Fairview Middle - Susan Hughes
    • Grassland Middle - Amanda Spain
    • Heritage Middle - Heather Ehardt
    • Legacy Middle - Amy Tedder
    • Mill Creek Middle - Holly Pring
    • Page Middle - Shane Williams
    • Spring Station Middle - Jason Koch
    • Sunset Middle - Nanette Liederbach
    • Thompson's Station Middle - Deanne Mance
    • Woodland Middle - Amy Ballone

High School

  • Teachers

    • Alternative Learning Center - Sherri Heileman
    • Brentwood High - Clint Finch
    • Centennial High - Lisa Smith
    • Fairview High - Stephanie McGaha
    • Franklin High - Michael Watson
    • Independence High - Elizabeth Grindstaff
    • Nolensville High - Rebecca Blackman Leeper
    • Page High - Catherine Koczaja
    • Renaissance High - Haley Hildabrand
    • Ravenwood High - Danielle Drumwright
    • Summit High - BreAnna Hankins
    • Vanguard Virtual High - Casey Ward

    Classified

    • Brentwood High - Jennifer Courage
    • Centennial High - Paula Corbacho
    • Fairview High - Donna White
    • Franklin High - Tamula Adams
    • Independence High - April Jackson
    • Nolensville High - Joyce Ciccarelli
    • Page High - Carrie Vitucci
    • Ravenwood High - Dave Burnham
    • Summit High - Kim Johnson
    • Vanguard Virtual High - Tina Daniel