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Marietta City Schools District TOTY unveils handprints in Marietta Square

Marietta City Schools District TOTY unveils handprints in Marietta Square


MARIETTA, GA., On October 6, the Cobb Chamber hosted the Annual Teacher of the Year (TOTY) Handprint ceremony. Marietta City Schools TOTY Josh Dempsey unveiled his handprint during the ceremony after remarks from Superintendent Grant Rivera and a speech from Josh himself.  


In 2002, Dempsey received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media with an emphasis in television production from Valdosta State University. He went on to receive a Master of Education in Media with an emphasis in instructional technology from the University of West Georgia in 2019. Immediately following his undergraduate degree, Dempsey worked as a television producer. It was during his time as a producer that he felt he was missing something in his life. Dempsey decided to leave the industry and earn his teaching certificate, feeling called to teach students and inspire them to find their voices through communicative arts.


At MHS, Dempsey teaches audio-video instruction to students with varying levels of experience. In his Broadcast News class, students create and run a news broadcast called the “Blue Devil News” that is edited and produced every day and played for the entire school. Dempsey inspires his students to find their voice through audio-video creation, just as a teacher did for him. His love for teaching and audio-visual technology were inspired by his high school mass media teacher Linda Morris. According to Dempsey, Morris’s excitement for teaching communications sparked his love for conveying stories through videos.


Dempsey is a strong advocate for his students and works with community partners to help his students gain real-world experience. Some of these projects included live-streaming MCS Board Meetings during the COVID-19 shutdown for families, producing live-streams and videos for community events like Veteran’s Day and MHS Graduation, and creating and producing multiple promotional videos for Marietta organizations and schools.


Outside of the classroom, Josh coaches the Broadcast News Team which competed in the SkillsUSA Broadcast News Production Competition and earned a state title. They will be representing Georgia in the national competition this June.


“My greatest contribution is the investment that I make in the lives of my students,” Dempsey said. “I learned that my purpose is to help them to discover theirs.”