Forsyth County


    2015-2016 Timeline 


    Friday September 18, 2015  


     Schools announce TOTY and send names to Hannah Orr


    Thursday September 24, 2015 


     2015-16 application emailed to TOTYs


    Monday October 26, 2015


     Applications due to Hannah Orr by 5:00 p.m.


    Monday November 2, 2015


     TOTY applications given TOTY Reader Committee 


    Wednesday December 2, 2015 


     TOTY applications due back from readers 


    Monday December 7, 2015


    Announce TOTY semi-finalists

    10 elementary, 5 middle, 3 high school 


    Monday and Tuesday January 11 and 12, 2016


    Interview semi-finalists at the BOE/PDC

    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in room 350 


    Wednesday February 3, 2016



    Surprise visit to announce TOTY finalists

    1 Elementary, 1 Middle, 1 High

    Visit will be done 12:00 Noon 


    Thursday February 11, 2016


     Scheduled classroom observations of finalists


    Friday March 11, 2016

    Recognition of all school-level TOTY and announcement of 2015-16 FCS TOTY at “Celebration of Excellence” at the Forsyth Conference Center, Lanier Technical College

    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m
    Eligibility Requirements for Teacher of the Year:
    Classroom teachers in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 are eligible for FCS' TOTY. This includes special education, physical education, ITS, art and music teachers, and media specialists. Counselors are not eligible, but are recognized as part of the Counselor of the Year program. Candidates for the FCS TOTY should have two or more years of experience, have a full time teaching position and spend the majority of their time teaching students in a classroom setting. Supervisory and administrative responsibilities should be of secondary consideration.
    Candidates for Forsyth County's Teacher of the Year program should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher who:
    • plans to continue in active teaching status
    • inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
    • possesses the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues
    • plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school; and
    • is poised and articulate
    Past District Teachers of the Year:
    2015: Marlo Miranda (Forsyth Central High)
    2014: Kristen Deuschle (Piney Grove Middle)
    2013: Nick Crowder (South Forsyth High)
    2012: Anna Aigner  (Forsyth Central High)
    2011: Natalie Kitchen (Lambert High)
    2010: Robin Neal (Matt Elementary)
    2009: Jenna Ward (Otwell Middle)
    2008: Suzy Besson-Martilotta (Chattahoochee Elementary)
    2007: Melissa Sessa (Otwell Middle)
    2006: Mike Sloop (Otwell Middle)
    2005: Ronnie McNeese (Otwell Middle)
    2004: Polly Tennies (Chestatee Elementary)
    2003: Laura Link (North Forsyth High)
    2002: Debi Carnaroli (Matt Elementary)
    2001: Elaine Taylor (Otwell Middle)
    2000: Alice Holland (North Forsyth High)
    1998-99: Dorothy Breeze (Chattahoochee Elementary)
    1997-98: Jackie West (South Forsyth High)
    1996-97: Sandy Beck (Mashburn Elementary)
    1990-91: Kathy Vail (Forsyth Central High)
    1976: Edith Wright (Cumming Elementary)
    For more information, contact Hannah Orr at