More than half of Richmond County Teachers of the Year are GRU graduates

AUGUSTA, GA. – The Richmond County Board of Education released the list of Teacher of the Year winners for the county’s school system. Of the 56 schools in the county, more than half of the Teacher of the Year winners are graduates of Georgia Regents University.

“Our programs prepare teachers to be ready for the classroom from the first day, imparting practical knowledge along with theory,” said Dr. Cindi Chance, Dean of the College of Education. “In addition, these teachers’ successes highlight the need for continuing education, as most of these winners have advanced degrees.”

The 26 Georgia Regents University alumni who were named Teacher of the Year in Richmond County schools are:

  • Patricia Pinkston Nealey (M.Ed., 2004) – Sand Hills GNETS Program School
  • April Lyn Demsko (M.Ed., 2011; Ed.S., 2014) – Glenn Hills High School
  • Lynwood William Holmes (Ed.S., 2009) – A.R. Johnson Magnet School
  • Christopher James Nabahe (M.A.T., 2012) – T.W. Josey High School
  • Sherri L. Darden (Ed.S., 2014) – RC Technical Career Magnet School
  • Betty W. Bellamy (M.A.T., 2010) – Morgan Road Middle School
  • John E. Germany, Jr. (Ed.S., 2011)  – Murphey Middle School
  • Michael Parsons (M.A.T., 2012; Ed.S., 2014) – Sego Middle School
  • Brian Joiner (M.A.T., 2010) – Spirit Creek Middle School
  • Mollie Silver (B.S.Ed., 1991) – Garrett Elementary School
  • Cheryl Eldridge (B.S.Ed., 1988; M.Ed., 1996) – Glenn Hills Elementary School
  • Dana Craft (B.S.Ed., 2001) – Gracewood Elementary School
  • Jerome May A. (B.S.Ed., 2011) – Dorothy Hains Elementary School
  • Jennifer Epps Harman (B.S.Ed., 2006; Ed.S., 2010) – Hephzibah Elementary School
  • Leola Johnson (M.Ed., 1996) – Jamestown Elementary School
  • Catherine Douglas (Ed.S., 2012) – Lake Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Melanie Brown (B.S.Ed., 1997; M.Ed., 2005; Ed.S., 2006) – McBean Elementary School
  • Tausha Kennedy (M.A.T., 2008; Ed.S., 2012) – Meadowbrook Elementary School
  • G. Denise Kendrick (B.S.Ed., 2006; M.Ed., 2013) – A. Brian Merry Elementary School
  • Shera C. Reeves (B.S.Ed., 1997) – Monte Sano Elementary School
  • Amelia Barnes (Ed.S., 2008) – National Hills Elementary School
  • Tiffany Dukes (B.S.Ed., 2011) – Rollins Elementary School
  • Kim Wheadon (B.S.Ed., 2001) – Warren Road Elementary School
  • Kourtney Hamilton – (M.Ed., currently enrolled) – Wheeless Road Elementary School
  • Lori Smith (B.S.Ed., 2000) – Willis Foreman Elementary School
  • Christopher Tobat (B.S.Ed., 2003; M.S.K., 2013) – Windsor Spring Elementary School
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