Mr. Piercey is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year!
Stonewall Elementary’s Donnie Piercey is Kentucky’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Fayette County Public Schools boasted two of the three finalists for the overall award, presented live online by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. Lafayette's Christopher McCurry is the state's High School Teacher of the Year. “This is definitely an honor, and this means a lot. I’m very thankful,” said an emotional Piercey, whose family cheered in the background.
KDE and sponsor Valvoline tapped nine outstanding educators from across the state as semifinalists, and judges considered a classroom lesson review and interviews with the contenders in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. Piercey, the Elementary Teacher of the Year, received the highest cumulative score and advanced to represent Kentucky in the national Teacher of the Year competition.
Piercey teaches fifth grade English, social studies, math, and science, and serves as the school technology coordinator and STLP coach at Stonewall, where he tries to find innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. His motto is “Equity every day -- every student and every lesson.” He previously taught seven years at Simmons Elementary in Woodford County and four years at Eminence Elementary School in Henry County. A Massachusetts native, Piercey earned a B.A. in theology from Asbury College and a master’s in Elementary Education from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is a Google for Education certified innovator and trainer, a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and Educator, and a lead for the Google Earth Education Experts in North America.