Top Teacher

  Top Teacher: Rochelle Buchanan

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

  Top Teacher: Yonna Porter

  Top Teacher: Mike Carswell

  Top Teacher: Michael Mascolo

  Top Teacher: Johnnie Mitchell

  Top Teacher: Christy Dasher

  Top Teacher: Relinda Evans

Continued Top Teacher Coverage

  Top Teacher: Tiata Atkins

  Top Teacher: Leslie Habecker

  Top Teacher: Lindsay Hagberg

  Top Teacher: Stephanie Deal

  Top Teacher: David Redwine

  Top Teacher: Catherine Richie

  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

  Top Teacher: Kiristen Boles

  Top Teacher: Kem Dennard

  Top Teacher: Diana Browning

  Top Teacher: Errol Roach, Waldo Pafford Elementary School

  Top Teacher: Jacquelyn Sellers, Mill Creek Elementary School

  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.

  Top Teacher: Anna Swint, Silson Elementary

Anna Swint is only at her second year teaching at Stilson Elementary School In Bulloch County but has already left her mark on her students.

  Top Teacher: Dr. Regina Meeler, Windsor Forest Elementary

The title of “Doctor” doesn’t usually end up before an elementary school teacher’s name, but teaching 5th Graders in Savannah is a way for Dr. Regina Meeler to pay it forward.

  Top Teacher: Rebecca Hamilton, Veritas Academy

Teachers know you have to have faith in yourself and and in your students - and maybe a little faith from above.

  Top Teacher: Terri Foote, Blessed Sacrament

Creating art can open up a whole new way for someone to express themselves, and helping to guide children on the journey is Terri Foote.

  Top Teacher: Jill Elton, Savannah Christian

This week’s Top Teacher makes it a point to go above and beyond to make her students feel welcome at school.

  Top Teacher: Anna Kate Mahany, Marshpoint Elementary School

4th Grade teacher Anna Kate Mahany may not have a permanent classroom right now at Marshpoint Elementary School because of Mother Nature, but she has deep roots dug in at the school, building a strong foundation for the future.

  Top Teacher: Maggie Taylor, Bryan County Elementary

It takes patience and a positive attitude to be an effective teacher, and Maggie Taylor has the right amount of both.

  Top Teacher: Diane Lyle, Frank Long Elementary School

Every child is a diamond in the rough, and the right teacher can help make them shine.

  Top Teacher: Maria Blair, Coosa Elementary School

It’s never too late to change your career path, and for this week’s WTOC Top Teacher, that meant changing jobs to do what she always wanted.

  Top Teacher: La’Keitha Morris, West Chatham Elementary School

The power of positive thinking can be contagious. This week’s WTOC Top Teacher hopes her students will catch it.

  Top Teacher: Drew Schwalbe, Benedictine Military School

Once a Cadet, always a Cadet. The bond is strong between graduates of Benedictine Military School in Savannah.

  Top Teacher: Anne Bishop, Coastal Middle School

It’s Spirit Week at Coastal Middle School in Savannah, and nobody has more spirit than Anne Bishop.

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  Top Teacher: Heather Moore

Music teacher Heather Moore is trying to get her 1st graders at Jacob G. Smith Elementary in Savannah on the same beat.

  Top Teacher: Kaidy English, Mattie Lively Elementary School

New teachers always bring a lot of enthusiasm to the classroom, but this week's WTOC Top Teacher has been in training all of her life.

Top Teacher: Lisa Tuttle, Richmond Hill Elementary School

Third graders bring a lot of independence and enthusiasm to the classroom, so a teacher has to be up to the challenge.

Top Teacher: Meagan Beasley

Teachers are meant to inspire great things in their students, and for some students, that means growing up to become a teacher themselves.

  Top Teacher: Cindy Hatala

Hatala is currently getting a 5th-grade class at George Washington Carver Elementary prepared to move on to the next big thing.

Top Teacher: Estella Newkirt

All kids need to succeed is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.