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Fifth grade teacher among statewide achievement award winners

Donnie Piercey The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding educators for the 2021 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Awards, including Donnie Piercey of Stonewall Elementary. He qualifies to compete for the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October 2020.

Piercey is a fifth grade teacher, the school technology coordinator, and STLP coach at Stonewall, where he is starting his third year. 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.

Piercey 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. At Stonewall, he always tries to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. See what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website.

(Posted July 20, 2020)