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MCS Top Teacher & Staffers 2021-2022

Meet the 2021-2022 Teachers Of The Year (TOTY) and Staff Members Of The Year for Madison City Schools.
Winners were selected by their peers at each school and presented a $500 check by a prize patrol lead by Supt. Dr. Ed Nichols and top MCS admins.

The Central Office and Transportation Department also selected a Staff Member of the Year.
Recipients only learn of their selection when the prize patrol shows up in their workplace, often drawing cheers from students and co-workers.
Later in the summer at the back-to-school kickoff called Institute Day, winners of the District teacher and staff members were announced. District Teacher of the Year (elementary was Ms. Bonnie Howard at Madison Elementary. Secondary Teacher of the Year was Command Sgt. Ellis Clark of Bob Jones HS. District Staff Member of the Year was shop foreman Shannon Pease of the MCS Transportation Department. Each received a $5,000 check for their selection.

The Board of Education approved the TOTY and SMOTY awards as a way to recognize teachers and support personnel who are voted for by their peers for exemplary performance. Accompaning Dr. Nichols at each stop include Assistant Superintendent Eric Terrell, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Heather Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer John Jones, Secondary Instruction Coordinator Sharon Powell, and Elementary Instruction Coordinator Melissa Mims. Principals and assistant principals also took part. 

Here are the TOTY and SMOTY winners for 2021-22

Misty Schikner, Staff Member of the Year for Central Office

Misty Schikner, Central Office SMOTY

Shannon Pease, Transportation SMOTY

Shop foreman Shannon Pease, SMOTY Transportation

Wanda Neilson is Staff Member of the Year for Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones HS SMOTY Wanda Neilson

Command Sergeant Ellis Clark is Teacher of the Year at Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones HS TOTY  Command Sgt Ellis Clark

Julia Nagle is Columbia Elementary Teacher of the Year

Columbia Elementary TOTY  Julia Nagle

Teashia Garner is Staff Member of the Year for Columbia Elementary

Columbia Elementary SMOTY Teashia Garth

Discovery Middle Teacher of the Year is Jacqueline Willis

Discovery Middle TOTY Jacqueline Willis

Kemi Loftin is Staff Member of the Year at Discovery Middle

Discovery Middle SMOTY Kemi Loftin

Heritage Teacher of the Year is Stacy Branson

Heritage Elementary TOTY  Stacy Branson

Kerry McMillen is Heritage Elementary Staff Member of the Year

Heritage Elementary SMOTY  Kerry McMillen

Brittany Morris is Teacher of the Year at Horizon Elementary

Horizon Elementary TOTY Brittany Morris

Joe Mitchell is Staff Member of the Year at Horizon Elementary

Horizon Elementary SMOTY  Joe Mitchell

Sergeant Major Samuel McCray is Teacher of the Year at James Clemens High School

James Clemens HS TOTY  Sgt. Maj. Samuel McCray

Crystal Ward is Staff Member of the Year at James Clemens High School

James Clemens HS SMOTY Crystal Ward

Sara DeYoung is Teacher of the Year at Liberty Middle

Liberty Middle TOTY  Sara DeYoung

Latoya Whitehorn is Staff Member of the Year at Liberty Middle

Liberty Middle SMOTY Latoya Whitehorn

Suzanne Curry is Teacher of the Year at Mill Creek Elementary

Mill Creek Elementary TOTY  Suzanne Curry


Allyson Willis is Staff Member of the Year at Mill Creek Elementary

Mill Creek Elementary SMOTY Allyson Willis

Bonnie Howard is Teacher of the Year at Madison Elementary

Madison Elementary TOTY  Bonnie Howard

Kimberly Johnson is Staff Member of the Year at Madison Elementary

Madison Elementary SMOTY  Kimberly Johnson

Jennifer Corley is Madison Elementary Teacher of the Year

Midtown Elementary TOTY is Jennifer Corley

Brooke Jones is Staff Member of the Year at Midtown Elementary

Brooke Jones is Midtown Elementary SMOTY


Emily Craig is Teacher of the Year at Rainbow Elementary

Rainbow Elementary TOTY  Emily Craig

Jessica Foust is Staff Member of the Year at Rainbow Elementary

Rainbow Elementary SMOTY  Jessica  Foust