Fayette County Schools announce nominees for the 2021 Teacher of the Year


Twenty-four teachers from the Fayette County Public School System have been nominated to represent their school in the 2021 Fayette County Teacher of the Year competition.

The teachers were selected by their peers through a voting process that took place at the schools in October. Each school-level teacher of the year is now a nominee for the 2021 Fayette County Teacher of the Year competition, and will complete an essay-style application about their teaching styles, objectives and classroom initiatives.

The applications will be rated by a three-person panel consisting of last year’s Fayette County Teacher of the Year winner, Christina Rufenacht from Flat Rock Middle, and two retired educators.

The teachers with the three top scores will become finalists in the competition and will take part in a final judging stage that includes an onsite classroom visit and interview with the judges. The winner will be announced April 15 at the annual Fayette County Teacher of the Year Ceremony.

The following teachers are nominees for the 2021 Fayette County Teacher of the Year competition:

Kirstin Miller, Braelinn Elementary

Rebecca Shriner, Cleveland Elementary

Tricia Sanders, Crabapple Lane Elementary

Shannon O’Hara, Fayetteville Elementary

Shannon Knight, Huddleston Elementary

Alicia McDaniel, Inman Elementary

Sue Keirn, Kedron Elementary

Kwanza Latimer, North Fayette Elementary

Kenny Blum, Oak Grove Elementary

Heidi Ritchey, Peachtree City Elementary

Amanda Fields, Peeples Elementary

Kathy Myers, Robert J. Burch Elementary

Katy Phillips, Sara Harp Minter Elementary

Kristen Perchalski, Spring Hill Elementary

Todd Borngesser, J.C. Booth Middle

Ashley Hare, Flat Rock Middle

Bob Didier, Rising Starr Middle

Hearher Kilmer, Whitewater Middle

Kristin Rabun, Fayette County High

Emily Hodge, McIntosh High

Bethany Lambert, Sandy Creek High

Mark DeCourcy, Starr’s Mill High

Jennifer Grossbohlin, Whitewater High

John McLucas, Fayette LIFE Academy