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September 7, 2011
Jay Dillon (770) 426-3345

Coy Dunn of Kennesaw Mountain High
Named District Teacher of the Year

The Cobb County School District is proud to announce the selection of Coy Dunn, theatre teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School, as the 2011-2012 district Teacher of the Year!

Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa named Mr. Dunn the district’s top teacher during a special pep rally September 7, with a crowd of KMHS students and staff cheering in support. Dunn now represents Cobb in the statewide program, which will announce a winner later this school year.

Since 2004, Coy Dunn has developed the Kennesaw Mountain High School drama program into a widely recognized model for success. Under his guidance, KMHS students have earned five team state titles for One-Act Play and literary events, 13 region titles and a myriad of individual state titles in speaking and acting events. Dunn empowers his theatre students by making them accountable to one another. “My Technical Theatre classes are packed each semester with freshmen to seniors, special education to gifted, and from all walks of life, but they come together as a cohesive ensemble to help design, paint, and build all of the scenery and props for our plays,” said Dunn. “I do not allow other adults to assist. Our students do it all – from programs and poster designs to lights and sound to costumes and sets. Our actors are dependent on them, and for the first time for many, they become part of something much bigger then themselves.”

Mr. Dunn has also fostered a responsibility for community service among students in the KMHS theatre program. The school’s Drama Club selects at least one service project each year and also participates in campus cleanup and volunteer efforts. Students in the program also produce an elementary show each spring, performed for kindergarten through fifth grade students at nearby elementary schools. “These productions have been a huge success because they provide excellent opportunities for my students to understand the importance of being positive role models,” said Dunn.

Coy Dunn poses with Superintendent Michael Hinojosa (left) and Kennesaw Mountain High School Principal Kevin Daniel (right).
Coy Dunn earned both his undergraduate degree in Theatre Education and his Master’s degree in Middle Grade Language Arts from Berry College in Rome, GA. He is a nationally certified International Baccalaureate instructor and has served as a mentor for new drama teachers, directors and literary coaches.

“Mr. Dunn is an exceptional classroom teacher and director,” said Kevin Daniel, principal of Kennesaw Mountain High School. “He is a role model for staff and students, and is a real student advocate. His students are actively engaged in his classes. He sets high expectations for his students and supports them in the learning process by implementing relevant activities. He is an outstanding educator!”

Mr. Dunn gets the greatest joy from watching his students shine. “Having my students realize that hard work and perseverance really does pay off and seeing that sense of pride on their faces makes me feel I have truly accomplished something worthwhile,” said Dunn.

The Cobb County School District recognizes a Teacher of the Year for each of the elementary, middle and high school levels, honoring the unique talents and skills needed at each academic level. Each of Cobb’s 114 schools chooses its own Teacher of the Year who is, in turn, nominated for the district-wide honor. Each application is read and rated independently by a committee of administrators. The highest-rated applicants from elementary, middle, and high schools become the Teachers of the Year. The District Teacher of the Year is chosen from these three honorees. A committee selects the overall winner based on written applications and interviews with the candidates.

Dunn’s Teacher of the Year handprint will be unveiled Wednesday, Oct. 5 during the annual Cobb Chamber of Commerce ‘Give Our Schools a Hand’ ceremony at Glover Park on Marietta Square.

Kennesaw Mountain High School theatre teacher Coy Dunn reacts after being named
2011-2012 Cobb County School District Teacher of the Year.


Coy Dunn with 2010-2011 Cobb County Teacher of the Year Christopher James.