2019 Teacher of the Year

Yemothy Wins Teacher of the Year
Posted on 08/19/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Yemothy Wins Teacher of the YearA teacher who endured the loss of her home earned the School District of Pickens County’s top honors at the 2019 Back-to-School Celebration. Dr. Nicole Yemothy, Project Lead the Way teacher at Gettys Middle School was named SDPC Teacher of the Year.

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Dr. Yemothy came to Gettys Middle School three years ago after experience both as a teacher and principal in Washington and Central America. Her Medical Detectives class, which is part of the Project Lead the Way STEM program, has grown to become the most-requested course at Gettys Middle School. “I am amazed at her inner strength and character,” said Debbie Porter, a GMS parent who recommended Yemothy for the award. Porter noted that even when Yemothy lost her home in a fire in December 2018, she maintained her focus as a teacher. “The unbelievable outpouring of support from GMS, her peers, and her students was a great example of the Gettys community and their respect for her.”

GMS principal, Dr. Mike Cory, said “In my 19 years of administration, Dr. Yemothy stands out for her consistent results, relentless passion, resiliency, and her support of students and staff.” In addition to her work at Gettys, Dr. Yemothy stood out for her work with other SDPC middle schools as a PLTW master teacher, helping to strengthen STEM programs across the district.

Winners of the Teacher of the Year Awards receives a $500 prize; finalists for the Teacher of the Year $100 prize and are recognized as Honor Roll teachers. The other finalists for Teacher of the Year were: Todd Howard, Daniel High School; Joanna Myles, Easley High School; and Ginger McCoy, Forest Acres Elementary School.