Top Teacher

  Top Teacher: Rikki McMillan

A teacher needs to adapt to their classroom. This year, teachers have done a lot of adapting to say the least.

  Top Teacher: Kipp Manning

  Top Teacher: Mary Jo Fina

  Top Teacher: Jessica Hinely

  Top Teacher: Hailey Faircloth

  Top Teacher: Damaris Teston

  Top Teacher: Sylvia Thomas

Continued Top Teacher Coverage

  Top Teacher: Brandi Morgan

  Top Teacher: Ashley Weiss

  Top Teacher: Sunny Beasley

  Top Teacher: Kelli Waldrop

  Top Teacher: Linda Burns

  WTOC Top Teacher: Christy Dixon

  Top Teacher: Liz Henke

Primary grade teachers must work from the heart as much as from books.

  Top Teacher: Kellie Clark

Start of the new year and some new WTOC Top Teacher awards to hand out. This week we honor Kellie Clark in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is teaching math to these kindergarten students at Calvary Day School.

  Top Teacher: Kassie Sikes

Kassie Sikes is busy reading to her Pre-K class at Calvary Day School in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Stephanie Karian

  Top Teacher: Jennifer Griffin

  Top Teacher: Carrie Radford

  Top Teacher: Anna Rentz

  Top Teacher: Tamelia Williams

  Top Teacher: Rebecca Brinson

  Top Teacher: Pam Lamb

She is a kindergarten teacher willing to do whatever it takes to help her children succeed, even if it means changing her look.

  Top Teacher: Melissa Watkins

We know the pandemic has been hard on parents and students, but it’s also been tough on teachers, who miss the children.

  Top Teacher: Michelle Mullally

Michelle Mullally has been teaching Pre-K at Hancock Day School in Savannah for three years.

  Top Teacher: Christy Anderson

Sometimes a student needs a second chance and sometimes they just need a different setting to help them thrive. This week’s WTOC Top Teacher Christy Anderson helps her students do just that at an alternative school in Effingham County.

  Exchange Club of Savannah honoring it’s Top Teacher of the Month

The Exchange Club of Savannah honoring it’s Top Teacher of the Month for September.

  Top Teacher: Heidi Story

Heidi Story is keeping her students on track.

  Top Teacher: Sandy Nead

Sandy Nead teaches the PACE program that works with autistic children at the school.

  Top Teacher: Janet McIntosh

Janet McIntosh is teaching first graders online at Lanier Primary School in Bryan County.

  Top Teacher: Lee Ann Lane

How many of you wished you would have learned more about credit card interest, student loans or balancing your bank account when you were in high school? This week’s WTOC Top Teacher does that and more.

  Top Teacher: Michael Moore

New year, new school for some. That’s the case for this Week’s WTOC Top Teacher, Michael Moore, from Effingham County High School.

  Top Teacher: Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon is coaching up his kids at Blessed Sacrament School in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Rochelle Buchanan

Rochelle Buchanan teaches 4th grade at Juliette Low School in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Keorka Wilder

She served her country in the military and is now serving her community as a teacher. Meet Keorka Wilder from Savannah High School.

  Top Teacher: Jillian Groover

It was Dr. Seuss Day at Isle of Hope School. and kindergartners heard their teacher, Jillian Groover, read Green Eggs and Ham.

  Top Teacher: Yonna Porter

The 5th graders in Yonna Porter’s class are working hard on a project. For their teacher, it has been incredible to see how much they have grown this year.

  Top Teacher: Mike Carswell

Mike Carswell teaches AP and Honors history at Calvary Day School.

  Top Teacher: Michael Mascolo

Michael Mascolo teaches science and social studies at Portal Elementary School.

  Top Teacher: Johnnie Mitchell

Johnnie Mitchell teaches language arts at Long County Middle School.

  Top Teacher: Christy Dasher

Christy Dasher has been teaching at Ebenezer Elementary School since it started.

  Top Teacher: Relinda Evans

Relinda Evans keeps her kindergarten students at Pooler Elementary on their toes.

  Top Teacher: Tiata Atkins

Tiata Atkins teaches third grade at May Howard Elementary School and it’s easy to see what motivates her every day.

  Top Teacher: Leslie Habecker

It’s no mystery why Leslie Habecker is a teacher. This is something she has always wanted to do.

  Top Teacher: Lindsay Hagberg

She teaches 2nd grade at McAllister Elementary in Richmond Hill.

  Top Teacher: Stephanie Deal

Stephanie Deal is a special needs educator at Statesboro High School. But she teaches more, including business, language and life skills to her students.

  Top Teacher: David Redwine

Teaching is all about service and duty to help create better citizens and help students be all that they can be.

  Top Teacher: Catherine Richie

Catherine Richie teaches religion and scripture to students at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Taylor Culjan

These students are learning more about the written language and sentence structure in Taylor Culjan’s 9th grade English class at St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Dejoi Phillips

Middle school can be a tough transition for students, going from elementary school to getting ready for high school. That’s why it’s nice to have a teacher that knows exactly what her students are dealing with.

  Top Teacher: Kimberly Foxx

Kimberly Foxx teaches English and AP levels courses at Liberty County High School.

  Top Teacher: Lori Melton

It was an exciting day for the children in Lori Melton’s Kindergarten class as they learned about what’s inside a pumpkin.

Top Teacher: Lynn Reeves

Lynn Reeves is this week's WTOC Top Teacher.

  Top Teacher: Kiristen Boles

The first year of any job can be exciting, overwhelming, and many more emotions in between.

  Top Teacher: Kem Dennard

Ask any teacher why the teach, and they will always say the children. They want to see all their students succeed and are their biggest cheerleaders.

  Top Teacher: Diana Browning

There is nothing like seeing the enthusiasm on the faces of children ready to learn, especially the younger ones. This week’s WTOC Top Teacher, keeps her students focused on learning but also having fun.

  Top Teacher: Errol Roach, Waldo Pafford Elementary School

After 32 years in education, there’s not much that can catch music teacher Errol Roach in Hinesville off guard.

  Top Teacher: Jacquelyn Sellers, Mill Creek Elementary School

Teaching is all about building trust. Jacquelyn Sellers from Mill Creek Elementary School understands that very well.

  Top Teacher: India Gould, Memorial Day School

For some students, Kindergarten is the first step on the road to education. This week’s WTOC Top Teacher is helping them start off on the right foot.

  Top Teacher: Olivia Osborne, Sand Hill Elementary, Effingham County

Osborne is happy to be back in class teaching the 4th Grade at Sand Hill Elementary School, but she’s also ready to get the kids serious about learning.

  Top Teacher: Top Teacher Luncheon

WTOC honors a Top Teacher every Wednesday. These are the teachers nominated by students and parents for making a difference in the classroom. We honored over 40 teachers this year. And as we celebrate the end of the school, we invited all of our top teachers together for a celebration luncheon.

  Top Teacher: Federico Foster, Savannah High School

Music has taken him many places, but Foster has come full circle and is actually is teaching in the place where he went to school. He can remember the pride he had when he was a member of the band.

  Top Teacher: Vicki Bowen, Metter Elementary School

One of the best ways for children to burn off energy is to exercise, and at Metter Elementary School, Vicki Bowen helps get her students moving.

  Top Teacher: Jennifer Lynch, Richmond Hill High School

This week’s WTOC Top Teacher was a long time elementary school teacher who made the switch to high school and is now teaching some of those same students she did years ago.

  Top Teacher: John Pollock, St. Andrew’s School

Wednesday, the students at St. Andrew’s School played “Name That Note” in John Pollock’s music class, and when they got the answer right, it was sheer joy.

  Top Teacher: Crystal Strong, Andrea B. Williams Elementary School

Teachers love to share their knowledge and information with their students while building a strong support system for them.Crystal Strong, a teacher at Andrea B. Williams Elementary School, is no different.

  Top Teacher: Amanda Mitchell, Nevils Elementary School

When we are children, it seems like the best way to learn is through song, and for a music teacher, hearing children make music can be the most beautiful sound in the world.

  Top Teacher: Lynn Miller, South Effingham Elementary School

If you are not making mistakes, you are not learning. That’s the attitude of this week’s WTOC Top Teacher.

  Top Teacher: Jane Madison, St. Peter the Apostle School

There may be nothing as pure as the joy of seeing and hearing children playing on a perfect spring day in Savannah, and it was in this setting that we caught up with this week’s Top Teacher, Jane Madison, on Wilmington Island.

  Top Teacher: Tracy Spain, Effingham County Middle School

It’s not all about math problems in Spain’s classroom. It’s about life problems.

  Top Teacher: Heather Blastick

Trying to figure out math can be a problem in itself. That’s why you hope to have a teacher like Coastal Middle School’s Heather Blastick to help you find the answers.

  Top Teacher: Kamaria Shaw

This week’s WTOC Top Teacher comes from a long line of educators and wants her students to feel just like family.

  Top Teacher: Teresa Hatcher, Twin City Elementary

It takes time, effort, and a lot of love to be a teacher, but it’s also something special when you teach in the town where you were born.

  Top Teacher: Nancy Singleton, Savannah Classical Academy

This is a second career for Singleton, who worked in the banking world before. She says that has helped her in her teaching.

  Top Teacher: Abby Foster, St. Vincent’s Academy

This week’s Top Teacher grew up thinking she was going to be a lawyer. In fact, she was in her second year of law school at the University of Georgia when she realized it wasn’t for her.

  Top Teacher: Deonnah Davis, Southwest Elementary School

It’s okay to write on the desks with a marker in Deonnah Davis' class at Southwest Elementary School in Savannah. because with a little work, it comes right off.

  Top Teacher: La’Shunda Posey, Rincon Elementary School

La’Shunda Posey has been teaching for 15 years, but this is her first year as a 1st Grade teacher.

  Top Teacher: Haywood Ellison, Memorial Day School

Math can seem like a foreign language to some of us, but for Haywood Ellison, numbers just make sense.

  Top Teacher: Laura Todd, Long County High School

This week’s WTOC Top Teacher has been a nurse for more than 15 years.

  Top Teacher: Yoko Parker, Midway Middle School

This week’s WTOC Top Teacher says she’s not in it for the income, but rather the outcome. She wants her students to fly high and know the sky is the limit.