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Kelley Theodocion Named Henry County Schools' Teacher of the Year

Submission Date: October 29, 2018

Release Date:  For Immediate Release

Contact: J.D. Hardin, 770-957-6601 ext. 161,

(Release # 0009-10-18)

 Theodocion Earns Top Teaching Honor

Kelley Theodocion Named Henry County Schools’ Teacher of the Year

HENRY COUNTY, GA – Kelley Theodocion, a middle school teacher at Impact Academy, was named Teacher of the Year for Henry County Schools. The announcement was made during the Harvest of Heroes ceremony Thursday, October 25 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center.

Theodocion was named a finalist during the evening event along with Rachel Rose (Mt. Carmel Elementary) and Grayce Rey (Locust Grove High School).

The top teacher in the district is a 24-year veteran teacher in Henry County Schools.  She now moves on to represent the school system in the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

There were several sponsors for this year’s event, with combined total donations of nearly $30,000.  Each sponsor helped support the event either with a gift for the semifinalists, finalists, the overall winner, and HERO Award winners or by donating other items necessary for a successful evening.

Theodocion received cash and prizes, including funds for professional development conferences, totaling over $8,000.  The two finalists received cash and prizes in excess of $3,000.  Semifinalists Felicia Partain (Rock Spring Elementary), Teresa Smith (Union Grove Middle School), and Tony Head (Ola High School) received items just over $1,500.

The biggest prize of the night was a one-time stipend from the school system to the Teacher of the Year for $5,000.

Also recognized at the evening’s ceremony were the HERO Award winners.

  • Van Cheeves, Facilities & Maintenance (Service Employee)
  • Darlene Campbell, Bus Driver (Transportation Employee)
  • Lee Ann Hopper, New Hope Elementary (School Nutrition Employee)
  • Norma Santiago-Bell, Hampton Elementary Charter School (Support Personnel)
  • Cristi Johnson, Locust Grove High School (Media Specialist)
  • Rebekah Ross, New Hope Elementary (Student Services Personnel)
  • Nicohl Webb, Pate’s Creek Elementary (Counselor)

All 53 Teachers of the Year from the respective schools in the district and HERO Award winners were recognized with plaques and flowers and items provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Shane’s Rib Shack, Cowboy Chicken, and Absolutely Flowers.

Special guests and entertainment for the evening included remarks by Superintendent of Schools Mary Elizabeth Davis, on-stage musical performances by the Dutchtown High School clarinet ensemble and Union Grove High School Chamber Orchestra Quartet, and a keynote address from outgoing HCS Teacher of the Year Krystal Richter.


Over 700 attendees to the event were greeted by musical performance in the lobby from the Union Grove Middle School string ensemble and the Hampton High School jazz band.

The sponsors for the evening were recognized for their generous contributions, and the list of sponsors is as follows:

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Shane’s Rib Shack
  • Victory Trophies
  • Georgia Power
  • Moye’s Pharmacy
  • Southern Belle Farm
  • Griffin RESA
  • A T-Shirt Company
  • Great American Cookie/Marble Slab on Eagles Landing Parkway
  • Donut World
  • Cowboy Chicken
  • Truett’s Grill
  • Campbell’s Lawn Equipment
  • Martha Mae’s Flowers & Gifts
  • Absolutely Flowers
  • Kroger
  • Classic Realty
  • Meredith Homes, Inc.
  • Publix
  • Warren Power, Attorney – Power Jaugstetter
  • Silver Bay Seafood
  • Unique & Homemade Jewelry – Terri Whitlock
  • Family Support Circle
  • Beehive Beauty Bar & Salon

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HCS Teacher of the Year

Photos: (L-R) -  Dr. Pam Nutt, District 1 BOE Member; Holly Cobb, BOE Vice Chair; Kelley Theodocion, 2018 HCS Teacher of the Year; Annette Edwards, District 5 BOE Member; Mary Elizabeth Davis, HCS Superintendent