When Nicole Kempson rolls up to Lindley Sixth Grade Academy, the students may ooh and ahh when they see her new white Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year picked up the keys to her new car in November, when the Cobb Chamber honored Cobb County Teachers of the Year.
To reward the outstanding educators, the Ed Voyles Automotive Group provided new cars for Kempson, Stacy Pitts, the CCSD Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Holly Hoover, the CCSD High School Teacher of the Year, and Carrie Rainey, Marietta City Schools’ Teacher of the Year.
The teachers learned which brand of car they would drive for the next year when they reached into a bag to draw names during a Cobb Chamber-sponsored pep rally at Roswell Street Baptist Church.
The teachers then went shopping. Pitts selected a Hyundai Genesis to drive to Vaughan Elementary School. Hoover selected a Kia Sorento to transport her teaching supplies to Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kempson selected the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Rainey chose a Honda CR-V.
Kempson and Rainey will compete for Georgia Teacher of the Year. If one of them wins, she will keep her new car, rather than return it to the Ed Voyles dealership at the end of her reign as Teacher of the Year.
The Cobb County School District is the second largest school system in Georgia and the No. 23 largest in the nation. It serves 113,000 students and 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 16 high schools, a charter school, a special education center, an adult education center and a performance learning center.
By Nan Kiel