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Teachers of the Year

Held annually, Give Our Schools A Hand celebrates more than 130 Teachers of the Year from Cobb County, Marietta City and post-secondary education systems. Contratulations to the district Teachers of the Year from the Cobb County School District and Mairetta City Schools!

Carrie Rainey, Marietta City Schools

Carrie RaineyCarrie Rainey is one of Marietta’s “home grown” as she began her education career at Hickory Hills Elementary and graduated from Marietta High School in 2007. Following, she received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a minor in ESOL, and a Leadership Certificate from the University of Georgia. Prior to graduation, Ms. Rainey directed an after-school program in Sir Lowry’s Pass, South Africa.

Succeeding graduation, she began teaching in the system that raised her. Ms. Rainey served as an interventionist, a third grade teacher, and currently teaches kindergarten at Lockheed Elementary. Her personality best aligns with primary English Language Learners.

If Ms. Rainey is not preparing for her kindergarteners, she is watching college football, taking a dance class, or volunteering in the Marietta community.


Nicole Kempson, Cobb County School District

Nicole KempsonNicole Kempson is a native of Atlanta and is the oldest of 5. She has two beautiful children, Justin who is a sophomore at Florida A&M University, and Chloe who is in kindergarten. Nicole graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta.

Nicole has an Associates degree in Secondary Education from Atlanta Metropolitan College, a Bachelors in Middle Grade Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. This is her 7th year at Lindley 6th Grade Academy teaching science. Nicole sponsors the LSGA SWAG (Students with Awesome Goals) and Hispanic Illusion dance team, LSGA Got Talent, and is also the science coordinator and webmaster.

When she is not teaching, Nicole enjoys being with family, singing, dancing, playing games and trying new restaurants.

For more information on the Teacher of the Year program, contact Katie Guice at 770-859-2334 or


Presenting Sponsor:

Ed Voyles


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