Teacher of the Year

Kevin Stinehart, a 4th grade science and social studies teacher at Central Academy of the Arts, has been named the 2020-2021 School District of Pickens County Teacher of the Year. Stinehart was announced as the winner at SDPC’s 2020 Back-to-School Celebration on Friday, August 21, at which teachers of the year for each of the district’s 23 schools, career & technology center, and alternative education program were honored.

Kevin StinehartStinehart was instrumental in his school’s transition to becoming an arts-integrated magnet school last year. “Kevin goes over and beyond without expecting anything in return,” said CAA principal, Tish Goode. “He’s a true team player with a true passion for teaching and providing students with the best education.”

Heidi Williams, a parent of one of Stinehart’s students, explained his impact in a recommendation letter for the award. “As my daughter’s teacher, he did more than impart knowledge,” Williams wrote. “He was a crucial communicator of a key message that she desperately needed to hear: that students can be academically gifted and they can be theatrically or artistically or musically gifted. He “saw” her in the classroom in a way she had never been seen before. The result was that for the first time, she saw herself as gifted, as well.”

Last year, Stinehart expanded opportunities at CAA by establishing a Garden Club, and an afterschool Play Club, which emphasizes free play for building children’s creativity and conflict resolution skills. Stinehart began working in SDPC as a special education assistant in 2008, and began his teaching career at Chastain Road Elementary in 2013. From 2013-2018 he taught at West End Elementary School. He holds an M.A. in Teaching from Anderson University and a B.S. in Film and Video Production from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He frequently uses his video production skills to promote Central Academy of the Arts on social media.