Teachers of the Year Drive Away in New Cars

When Nicole Kempson rolls up to Lindley Sixth Grade Academy, the students may “ooh” and “awe” when they see her new white Jeep Grand Cherokee glistening in the fall sun.

The Cobb County School District (CCSD) Teacher of the Year picked up the keys to her new car at the November Cobb Chamber First Monday Breakfast, which honored the four Cobb County Teachers of the Year.

To reward the outstanding educators, the Ed Voyles Automotive Group provided new cars for Kempson in addition to Stacy Pitts, CCSD Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Holly Hoover, CCSD High School Teacher of Year, and Carrie Rainey, Marietta City Schools Teacher of the Year.

The four Teachers of the Year learned which brand of car they would be driving for the next year when they reached into a bag to draw names during the Cobb Chamber-sponsored Pep Rally at Roswell Street Baptist Church in October.

The teachers then went shopping. To her husband’s surprise, Pitts, selected a Hyundai Genesis to drive to Vaughan Elementary School every day. Opting for practical over flare, Hoover will have ample room in her new Kia Sorento to transport her teaching supplies to Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Kempson, cruising in her Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Rainey, who chose a Honda CR-V, will go on to compete for Georgia Teacher of the Year. If one of them wins, she will get to keep her new car instead of returning it to the Ed Voyles dealership at the end of her Teacher of the Year reign.

The Cobb and Marietta Teachers of the Year, Nicole Kempson and Carrie Rainey, recently cemented their place in history during their October handprint unveiling ceremony on Marietta Square.