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Announcements: 2019 SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year Announced at Annual Gala


2019 SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year Announced at Annual Gala  


The annual Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Gala was held Friday, February 23, 2018, at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Fifty-five teachers were honored from nearly every school in the District and Kiwonda Riley of Johnson High School was named the 2019 Teacher of the Year.

The five finalists, Kiwonda Riley of Johnson High, Myria Shipman of Islands High, Nicole Wofford Dillon of Oglethorpe Charter School, Dr. Laura Hooks of West Chatham Middle, and Christopher Lyon of Largo-Tibet Elementary, were honored with video biographies of their work and comments from students.

The night was filled with great excitement as all teachers received gift bags from sponsors who made donations, and heard from guest speakers including the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ann Levett. and Board President, Jolene Byrne. One of the key highlights each year includes the keynote speech from the current Teacher of the Year. Cindy Jeffries of Haven Elementary will continue to serve as the SCCPSS Teacher of the Year throughout the remainder of this school year. She provided an inspirational speech about her experience and the teaching profession.

As a representative of the many quality teachers across the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, the District’s Teacher of the Year is honored with the distinction of having the Flag of Learning and Liberty proudly displayed at their school. In addition to leading the SCCPSS Professional Senate for Savannah-Chatham educators, the District Teacher of the Year acts as an ambassador visiting local schools throughout the year, taking part in school board meetings and representing the district at various events throughout the area. Kiwonda Riley will also continue for consideration in the state-level Teacher of the Year program.

She received an array of gifts including a new iPad, the Teacher of the Year name badge, and a designer handbag from Belk. Gifts are all made possible through the gracious donations provided by the contributing sponsors.

Kiwonda Riley holds a Masters degree in Secondary Education from Armstrong State University. She is currently the IB English and Dance instructor at Sol C. Johnson High School. Ms. Riley also serves as a member of the Georgia Association of Educators.

Congratulations to Kiwonda Riley, the SCCPSS 2019 Teacher of the Year!

Click here to see photos from the event.


Created at 2/26/2018 8:44 AM  by Brittanie Odum 
Last modified at 2/26/2018 8:44 AM  by Brittanie Odum