Nicole Kempson is the 2017 Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year.
Kempson is an earth science teacher at Lindley Sixth Grade Academy.
“I’m grateful! I’m thankful! I’m surprised! It is a great feeling,” Kempson said after learning of her selection. “I love what I do, and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.”
The Teacher of Year award means a lot to Kempson and other winners because their peers select them for the school-level Teacher of the Year award before they are considered for the district-wide honor, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said.
Kempson and other district teachers are in the running for state teacher of the year.
The district earlier named elementary-, middle- and high school-level teachers of the year.
Kempson was named middle school-level teacher of the year.
Vaughan Elementary School STEM-Lab teacher Stacy Pitts was named elementary school teacher of the year, and Holly Hoover was named high school-level teacher of the year.