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Teacher of the Year finalists honored during annual banquet
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Brooklet Elementary School music teacher Tasheina White and father James Canty are thrilled after White is named Bulloch County Teacher of the Year during a banquet celebrating each school's Teacher of the Year at Uncle Shug's on Main on Nov. 13.

    Tasheina Canty White was honored on Nov. 13 as the 2020 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year. The music teacher at Brooklet Elementary School, White was surprised and elated to receive the award. She has taught for more than 10 years, including four years in Bulloch County.

Paige Rountree of Mill Creek Elementary School was the runner-up. Rountree teaches STEM, or hands-on science, technology, engineering and math to pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students at Mill Creek. She has taught for 18 years in Bulloch County, and a total of 21 years.

The finalists were all honored during a special Teachers of the Year banquet at Uncle Shug's on Main.

Stacey Cowart was named 2018-19 Bulloch County Pre-Kindergarten Teacher of the Year. Other finalists for 2020 Teacher of the Year included Julia P. Bryant Elementary School’s Daisy Lewis, Langston Chapel Elementary School’s Marci Cochran, Langston Chapel Middle School’s Trianna Favors, Mattie Lively Elementary School’s Kem Dennard, Nevils Elementary School’s Nicole Riggs, Portal Elementary School’s Samantha Motes, Portal Middle High School’s Valarie Thompson, Sallie Zetterower Elementary School’s Diana Hendricks, Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s Courtney Alligood, Southeast Bulloch High School’s Steven Bonnette, Statesboro High School’s Meredith Simmons, Stilson Elementary School’s Anna Swint and William James Middle School’s Kimberly Wagoner.

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Stacey Cowart of Southeast Bulloch High School is announced as the pre-K Teacher of the Year to kick off the banquet.
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Bulloch County Teacher of the Year runner-up Paige Rountree of Mill Creek Elementary School, left, is praised by principal Jennifer Wade during the Teachers of the Year banquet.