Teachers of the Year Program
The Marietta City Schools (MCS) Teachers of the Year (TOTY), are educational ambassadors, and act as advocates for the school system, its students, and its teachers. These teachers are exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled.
These are teachers who
- Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
- Have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues.
- Play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
2016 System Teacher of the Year
Marietta High School – Julie Pinto
Ms. Julie Pinto is a math teacher and has been
with Marietta City Schools since 2002. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education – both from Kennesaw
State University. She says her passion for mathematics is her strength in the fight against mediocrity. She has a gift in mathematics and enjoys sharing that gift with others. Julie wants her enthusiasm for math to be contagious as she works with students to solve problems.
2015-2016 Teachers of the Year
A.L. Burruss –Tabitha Edmondson-Goodman
Ms. Tabitha Edmondson-Goodman is a Gifted Education and Advanced Content Teacher and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Education. Tabitha believes that each child needs a secure, caring, and rigorous atmosphere. Her desire as an educator to help her students reach their potential by providing an environment that is safe and supports risk taking opportunities.
Dunleith Elementary – Corinne Rochelin
Ms. Corinne Rochelin is a fifth grade teacher who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing and masters in teaching. She says that teaching is her calling. It aligns her passion for education with her passion for service. Her drive as an educator comes from wanting to leave a legacy in the future of the students she has come to know.
Hickory Hills Elementary – Jillian Horsey
Ms. Jillian Horsey is a math, ELA, social studies and science teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Development and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2008. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach, and to empower students to help themselves, and each other, in order to reach their destination.
Lockheed Elementary – Paula Heiney
Ms. Paula Heiney is an IEP, ELA math, science, and social studies teacher and who holds a two bachelor’s degrees – Textiles and Business and one in Elementary Education; and a Master’s in Reading and Curriculum. Paula has been with Marietta City Schools since 2006. Her philosophy of teaching has developed into two parts. 1) teacher is not responsible for telling a student what to learn but how to learn, and 2) the very best teachers are the ones who develop their students' desire to learn.
Park Street Elementary – Audrey Dominguez
Ms. Audrey Dominguez teaches first grade and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2004. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree – both in childhood education. Ms. Dominguez grew up in Marietta City Schools –starting with attending Hickory Hills and graduating from Marietta High School. She says dedication, love, and support are three characteristics that every good teacher should possess.
Sawyer Road Elementary – Oscar Bennett
Mr. Oscar Bennett is a fifth grade teacher at Sawyer Road Elementary. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. He has been a teacher at Marietta City Schools since 2003 and says some of the most rewarding experiences in his career have resulted from witnessing the growth of his students as they internalize the IB learner profile from kindergarten through fifth grade.
West Side Elementary – Brenda Coney
Ms. Brenda Coney is a kindergarten teacher who has been with Marietta City Schools since 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business-Information & Operations Management and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her love for children is what drives her ambition to do well, and keeps her going; and she believes children can best reach their full potential when they feel loved, valued, and safe.
Marietta Center for Advanced Academics – Amy Crandall
Ms. Amy Crandall is Media Specialist who holds a
Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s Degree in
Instructional Technology. She believes lessons should emphasize all learning styles - kinesthetic, auditory, visual, and tactile – and tailors her lessons to meet the individual need of her students.
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy – Ashley Powell
Ms. Ashley Powell teaches sixth grade mathematics at MSGA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, and Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership. She says her father had a big influence on her life and career by showing her that service to others is tantamount to achieving professional success. Teaching allows her to pursue my dream of leaving my mark on the world by serving others.
Marietta Middle School – Theresa Allen
Ms. Theresa Allen is the seventh and eighth grade language arts and social studies teacher and has been with Marietta City Schools since 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades: language arts, reading, social studies, and science; a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with Technology; and a Specialist Degree in Language Arts. One philosophy she places as an umbrella around her complete teaching style is Progressivism. She believes that education should focus on the "whole child" as every teacher should provide a positive and safe environment, as well as protect the health and well-being of the child.