Teacher of the Year



Calhoun City Schools'
System Teacher of the Year
Ms. Dena Pullen


Our Teachers of the Year are sponsored by First Bank of Calhoun and we appreciate their support as we recognize our outstanding teachers!

Calhoun PreK is honored to announce Mrs. Lauren Dooley as the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year. Lauren is in her 3rd year as the Teal Turtles Lead Teacher. She graduated from the University of Georgia in May of 2017 with a degree in Special Education with a focus in Birth through Kindergarten. When stepping into Ms. Lauren's classroom, it is evident that she loves her students as her own. Her peers stated that, "Lauren is kind-hearted, nurturing, and the epitome of compassionate. She sets high expectations for her students and helps each of them know that they CAN succeed. She is a leader within our building and within our system as she works in roles even outside of her classroom. She loves her students, and she loves them well!"

Calhoun Primary School is proud to announce that Dena Pullen has been selected as the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Pullen is currently in her 18th year in the education profession where she teaches 1st grade at CPS. She began her teaching career at Red Bud Elementary in Gordon County and came to Calhoun Primary in 2010. Dena has taught kindergarten and 1st grade and she holds a math and english language learner endorsement. Dena has one son, Gunner, who is in the 5th grade at CES, and two daughters, Marlee, a junior at CHS, and Bailee, who graduated from CHS in 2019. Ms. Pullen is described as a positive influence, passionate, driven and someone that welcomes everyone she meets. She is known for building positive relationships and enjoys when her students come back to visit her. One of her peers stated, “Dena is an outstanding educator. She is always prepared and ready for all of her students. She is very caring and captures the hearts of all the students in her classroom.” Congratulations to the CPS Teacher of the Year, Dena Pullen!

Calhoun Elementary School is excited to announce that Jennifer Holley has been selected as the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Holley is currently in her 8th year of teaching. She began her teaching career in Cobb County and came to Calhoun Elementary in 2015. She currently teaches 4th grade math at CES. Jennifer holds a math and a gifted endorsement. Mrs. Holley is a team player and can always be counted on to offer help and support to her colleagues and students. Mrs. Holley greets her students with a smile each morning and her colleagues describe her as a natural motivator. She is married to Brock Holley and they have one daughter, Julia. One of her peers stated, “Jenn goes above and beyond for her students, parents, and fellow teachers! She takes initiative and heads up difficult tasks.”

Calhoun Middle School is proud to announce that Mr. Skylar Benham has been selected as their 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Mr. Benham is currently in his 5th year in education and 3rd year at Calhoun Middle School. He serves as a 7th grade social studies teacher and also serves as a member of both the CMS leadership team and school governance team. Mr. Benham holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Kennesaw State University, a master’s degree in instructional technology from Kennesaw State University and a specialist’s degree in curriculum & instruction from Piedmont College. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Benham is the sponsor of the CHS senior class and serves as the Student Government sponsor for Calhoun High School. Mr. Benham’s peers stated, “Mr. Benham does a great job of connecting with his students, as well as pushing them to strive towards perfection. Skylar attends as many extra curricular activities and supports as many organizations as possible. He always has a smile on his face and warms the hearts of all those around him.”

Calhoun High School is excited to announce that Mrs. Dedra Rasbury has been selected as the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Rasbury currently teaches geometry at CHS, serves as lead teacher for the Math department and is a member of the CHS leadership team. The 2020-2021 school year marks Mrs. Rasbury’s 18th year in education. Mrs. Rasbury holds a master’s degree in math education from the University of Alabama. Her peers shared, “Dedra is very organized and caring. She is a great teacher who focuses on the individual student and is continually seeking to meet students’ needs through differentiated instruction. She keeps a positive attitude and students seem to really connect with her and enjoy her class. She gives tough love along with extending them grace. She is also a great department head and PLC lead who uses her life and teaching experience to inspire fellow teachers to be lifelong learners in pursuit of always improving our craft. She strives to be an example and mentor to other teachers.”