After being nominated by their supervisors and colleagues for excellence, 28 educators were awarded the 2017 teacher of the year distinction. These teachers will represent their school as a member of the Teacher Forum, an advocacy group which meets regularly with Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew. This year’s honorees have a combined 350-plus years of teaching experience.  

     In an exciting new collaboration with the Charlotte Knights, our teacher of the year recipients will be recognized on the field at BB&T Ballpark during pre-game festivities Sunday, May 7. Each recipient will receive a complimentary ticket to the game, and anyone in York County can to purchase discount tickets here  ( by using code: yorkcounty.

     At the district back to school rally in August one teacher will be named the Rock Hill Schools district teacher of the year. The district teacher of the year will receive $1000, one year use of a car from our corporate sponsor Honda Cars of Rock Hill, and be in the running for the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Award. Two runners up will receive $500. Join us in celebrating our teachers of the year: 

Megan Diamond, Special Education Resource Teacher at Belleview Elementary

Kelly McDowell, Teacher at Ebenezer Avenue Elementary

Leigh Clarke, Kindergarten Teacher at Ebinport Elementary

Martha Thompson, 1st Grade Teacher at Finley Road Elementary

Bailey Edmonds, 3rd Grade Teacher at Independence Elementary

Kayla Mullis, 5th Grade Teacher at India Hook Elementary

Rose Cavagnaro, 5th Grade Teacher at Lesslie Elementary

Melisa Smith, Media Specialist at Mount Gallant Elementary

Kim Sloan, Music Teacher at Mount Holly Elementary

Patti Bechtler, English as a Second Language Teacher at Northside Elementary 

Rebecca Matthews, Resource Teacher at Oakdale Elementary

Leigh Ann Strickland, Kindergarten Teacher at Old Pointe Elementary

Susan Dixon, English as a Second Language Teacher at Richmond Drive Elementary

Laura Wallace, Special Education Teacher at Rosewood Elementary

Michelle Werts,  3rd Grade Teacher at Sunset Park Elementary

Deborah Allen, Lower Elementary Teacher at The Children’s School

Julie Joyner, 1st Grade Teacher at York Road Elementary

Marsha Bell, Kindergarten Teacher at Central Child Development Center

William Tonks, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Castle Heights Middle 

Dr. Joya Holmes, Teacher at Dutchman Creek Middle

Kellie Mondo, 7th Grade English Teacher at Rawlinson Road Middle

Mary Lynn Robles, Exceptional Student Teacher at Saluda Trail Middle

Bill McHenry, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at Sullivan Middle 

Susan Snyder, Science Teacher at Northwestern High

Lindsay Grant,  Math Teacher at Rock Hill High 

Ryan Morrison, Special Education Teacher at South Pointe High

Michele Soto, Digital Art & Design Teacher at Applied Technology Center

Felicia Robinson, Science Teacher at Phoenix Academy (Flexible Learning Center)