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MCS Top Teacher & Staffers 2020-21

Meet the 2020-21 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
Superintendent 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. Heritage TOTY Savannah Higgins, who teared up upon learning coworkers selected her, was so overcome by surprise her students circled around her for a group hug.

Teacher Savannah Higgins surrounded by students in group hug

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 Instriction Coordinator Melissa Mims. Principals and assistant principals also took part. 

Here are the TOTY and SMOTY winners for 2020-21.

Nurse Bonnie Davis is the Staff Member of the year for the Central Office

Nurse Bonnie Davis, Central Office SMOTY

Jimmy Perdue is transportation SMOTY. SHown pictured in bus garage with co-workers and his check

Mechanic Jimmy Perdue, SMOTY Transportation

Kim Krome is TOTY at Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones HS TOTY Kim Krome

Martha Cox is Bob Jones High School Staff Member of the Year

Bob Jones HS SMOTY Martha Cox

Audra Loftin is Columbia Elementary Teacher of the Year

Columbia Elementary TOTY Audra Loftin

Charles DeMichelle is Staff Member of the Year at Columbia Elementary

Columbia Elementary SMOTY Charles DeMichelle

Discovery Middle Teacher of the Year is Kelsey Cooper

Discovery Middle TOTY Kelsey Cooper

Discovery Middle Staff Member of the Year is Donna Henderson

Discovery Middle SMOTY Donna Henderson

Heritage Elementary Teacher of the Year Savannah Higgins

Heritage Elementary TOTY Savannah Higgins

Heritage Elementary Staff Member of the Year is Emry Bryan

Heritage Elementary SMOTY Emry Bryan

Horizon Elementary Teacher of the Year Bria Burnette

Horiizon Elementary TOTY Bria Burnette

Horizon Elementary Staff Member of the Year Christy Aycock

Horizon Elementary SMOTY Christy Aycock

James Clemens High School teacher of the year Kristen Steele

James Clemens HS TOTY Kristen Steele

James Clemens HS Staff Member of the Year June Lawniczak

James Clemens HS SMOTY June Lawniczak

Liberty Middle Teacher of the Year Joseph Roberts

Liberty Middle TOTY Joseph Roberts

Liberty Middle Staff Member of the Year Benita Tunstill

Liberty Middle SMOTY Benita Tunstill

Mill Creek Elementary TOTY Kiley Rikard

Mill Creek Elementary TOTY Kiley Rikard

Mill Creek Elementary Staff Member of the Year Sebrena Barrow

Mill Creek Elementary SMOTY Sebrena Barrow

Madison Elementary Teacher of the Year Chrissy Stegherr

Madison Elementary TOTY Chrissy Stegherr

Madison Elementary Staff Member of the Year Christopher Bolorin

Madison Elementary SMOTY Christopher Bolorin

Rainbow Elementary Teacher of the Year Tam Hoang

Rainbow Elementary TOTY Tam Hoang

Rainbow Elementary Staff Member of the Year Gordon Wilkerson

Rainbow Elementary SMOTY Gordon Wilkerson

West Madison Elementary Teacher of the Year Allison Daughertyy

West Madison Elem TOTY Allison Daugherty

West Madison Elementary Staff Member of the Year Aimee Allen

West Madison Elem SMOTY Aimee Allen