Forsyth County


    Teacher of the Year Timeline 2014-2015
    CLICK HERE for a List of School-Level TOTY!


    Friday September 26, 2014




     Schools announce TOTY and send names to Hannah Orr


    Friday October 3, 2014



     Electronic packets emailed to TOTYs


    Monday November 3, 2014


     TOTY Packets Due Back to Hannah Orr by 5:00 p.m.



    Monday November 10, 2014


     TOTY Applications given to readers (TOTY Committee)




    Monday December 1, 2014



     TOTY Packets due back from readers



    Monday December 8, 2014


     TOTY Interview candidates announced

    18 semi-finalists

    (10 elementary, 5 middle, 3 high school)




    Monday and Tuesday January 12 and 13, 2015


     Interviews of semi-finalists at the BOE

    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Room 350




    Wednesday February 4, 2015



     Surprise visit to announce the three finalists by Dr. Bearden and James McCoy with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce

    (1 Elementary, 1 Middle, 1 High)

    Visit will be done by 12:00 Noon




    Thursday February 12, 2015


     Scheduled classroom observations of the three finalists (8:00- 12:00)




    Friday March 13, 2015


    “Celebration of Excellence” at Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College

    11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Announcement of Forsyth County Schools Teacher of the Year

     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:
    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