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Hesse School
9116 Whitfield Avenue
Savannah, GA 31406
Phone: (912) 395-6440  
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Teacher of the Year 
Cherie Dennis 

Cherie Dennis
Teacher of the Year

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ms. Dennis graduated from Georgetown University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Japanese and a minor in teaching.  She then earned a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies from Stanford University in 1995 and intended to become a Japanese language teacher.  Unfortunately, jobs proved scarce, so she landed in advertising account management, first at Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles working on Toyota’s national campaign and then at DDB in San Francisco strategizing for various Clorox brands.  However, Ms. Dennis knew where her heart had always been… teaching.

In 2004, Ms. Dennis moved to Savannah, Georgia to raise her son near family.  Once he entered Kindergarten, she began her Master of Arts in Teaching, Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, completing it in 2010. Now in her 10th year with the Savannah Chatham County Public Schools, she serves as an elementary ESOL teacher at Hesse following 7-1/2 years teaching 3rd grade at both White Bluff Elementary and Hesse. Since completing her masters in teaching, Ms. Dennis has also earned Gifted and ESOL Endorsements, and, in August 2019, she completed her Education Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership with a Coaching Endorsement from Mercer University. 

At Hesse, Ms. Dennis serves on the Leadership Team and the School Council and chairs the School-wide Writing Team. Additionally, she is Hesse’s Site Based Induction Specialist and Professional Learning Liason.  In September 2017, The Exchange Club of Savannah named her Teacher of the Month, and in October 2019 she was named one of the five finalists for 2021 SCCPSS District Teacher of the Year. Her spare time is spent enjoying family and friends, reading, cracking New York Times crossword puzzles, playing pickleball, traveling, cooking, and eating good food.