The Bibb County School District Newsletter
October 10, 2016
MEET OUR 2017 TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Ronny Fuerniss, Heritage Elementary School
Ronny Fuerniss is a fourth-grade inclusion teacher at Heritage Elementary School, educating students of all ability and needs levels.
In his fourth year as a teacher after a career in the family furniture business, Fuerniss said he has no intention of turning back now.
"I can honestly say I've never had a bad day at work," he said.
He said he was honored to be selected by his peers at Heritage, whom he described as family.
"It's hard for me to believe that there was a time in my life when they were not part of me."
Connie McCain, Rutland Middle School
Described by Rutland Middle School principal Richard Key as an "outstanding differentiator," Connie McCain tries to bring individualized instruction to all her students.
"You have to make it relevant for every kid in the class," she said.
A graduate of Jacksonville State University in her 12th year at Rutland, McCain teaches social studies and gifted classes. As advice to younger teachers, she said she'd never hesitate to ask for help.
"Because believe it or not, when you ask for help, sometimes you're helping someone else."
Dominique Nichols, Westside High School
Dominique Nichols has been teaching English and Language Arts for almost four years now after a change in plans while enrolled at Fort Valley State University. Originally an English major, he found a special connection with campers in a university program.
"It just hit me that I was supposed to be an educator," he said.
Nichols got his master's degree from Georgia College, and he added that it's most rewarding to have seniors graduate and come back to tell them their success stories.
"I refuse to give up on a child."
Marissa Rondina, Rutland High School
Marissa Rondina is in her 10th year at Rutland High School since coming to the United States from the Philippines. The oldest of 10 siblings, Rondina got an early start as an educator.
"I volunteered myself to do tutorials within my family," she said. "That made me realize, 'Oh, it's good to be a teacher.'"
The biggest key to her biology and physical science classes was to make the lessons practical, Rondina said.
"If it's practical, the more they will remember it in their daily lives."
Darryl Silas, Northeast High School
Darryl Silas is in his 26th year teaching and coaching, which includes seven years in Bibb County. Now, he teaches social sciences at Northeast High School as well as serving as defensive coordinator for the football team and head coach of the baseball team.
"This is not work for me because I have a passion," he said.
For young teachers and aspiring educators alike, Silas said he would emphasize the important role that teachers play.
"Education is a catapult, a bridge that can help lives be transformed."
The 2017 Bibb County Teacher of the Year will be named tonight at 6 p.m. during a banquet at Mercer University. Good luck to all the finalists!
The complete list of Teachers of the Year for 2016-2017:
- Pollyanna Roe, Alexander II Magnet School
- Christian Abrams, Barden Elementary School
- Chevonne Coons, Bernd Elementary School
- Marquita Tatmon, Brookdale Elementary School
- Tangela Turner, Bruce Elementary School
- Vivica Lynn Gray, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School
- Ronna Demichiel, Carter Elementary School
- LaTasha Little, Hartley Elementary School
- Courtney Hale, Heard Elementary School
- Ronny Fuerniss, Heritage Elementary School
- Tamikia Johnson, Ingram-Pye Elementary School
- Melanese Parker, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
- Amy Phillips, Lane Elementary School
- Rosa Coley, Morgan Elementary School
- Julia Chambless, Porter Elementary School
- Bridget Smith, Riley Elementary School
- Kerrie Welch, Skyview Elementary School
- Latisha Williams-Bacon, Southfield Elementary School
- Denise McIntosh, Springdale Elementary School
- Opal Taylor, Taylor Elementary School
- Kuwana D. McKenzie, Union Elementary School
- Lindsay Crisp, Vineville Academy of the Arts
- Pamela Rivers, Williams Elementary School
- Terrence Redmond, Appling Middle School
- Beverly Williams, Ballard-Hudson Middle School
- Alecia Ervin, Howard Middle School
- Lavonda Ross, Miller Magnet Middle School
- Connie McCain, Rutland Middle School
- Christine Lastinger, Weaver Middle School
- Hannah Freel, Central High School
- Louisa McDonald, Howard High School
- Darryl Silas, Northeast High School
- Marissa Rondina, Rutland High School
- Wanda O’Neal, Southwest High School
- Dominique Nichols, Westside High School
- Lorenzo Harris, SOAR Academy
- Billie Mallory, Elam Alexander Academy
- Stephen Neil, Hutchings College and Career Academy
- Barbara Schultz, Northwoods Academy
- Media Specialist of the Year – Brandi Malloy, Alexander II Magnet School
Thank you to our sponsors!
- MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union
- Mercer University
- The Kroger Co.
- Jones Cork LLP
- Cox Communications
- Clear Touch
- K-12 Insight
- Progressive Communications
- R & G Sales
- Zarca Interactive
- GA School Supply
- Georgia Power Co.
- Chris R. Sheridan & Co.
- Middle Georgia RESA
- Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
- American Pride Bank
- Solomon, Deaton & Buice Insurance
- Rutherford Trophies, Inc.
- Donaldson, Garrett & Associates
- White Springs Church (In honor of Laphelia Burnett, Heritage Elementary School; Elissa Glover-Lockett, Appling Middle School; Nada King, Central High School; Hendreca Stephens, Southfield Elementary School)
- Lanford, Smith and Kapiloff
- Centenary United Methodist Church
- St. Paul AME Church
- Jimmy John’s
- Texas Border Grill
- Lee Nails
- Publix Supermarkets
- Firestone Auto Care
- Kinetix Health Club
- Raffield Tire Master
- Dry Falls Outfitters
- Dillard’s, Inc.
- Beesa Skincare Studio
- Kay-Lynn Massage & Bodyworks Studio
- Francar’s Buffalo Wings
- Office Depot
- Buca di Beppo
- Ingleside Village Pizza
- Bear’s Den
- St. John Baptist Church
- Center Hill Baptist Church
- Barnes & Noble
- Old Navy
- Smoothie King
- Bath & Body Works
- Charming Charlie
Bibb County School District
Each student demonstrates strength of character
and is college or career ready.
The Bibb County School District will develop
a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated
to educating each student for a 21st century global society.