Memphis schools, teachers and staff are honored at annual “Dotties” Awards


Fairley High School was selected as the School of the Year as part of Green Dot Public School Tennessee 2022 Dotties Awards.

Thirteen administrators and teachers were also recognized during a virtual award ceremony held on April 4. The Dotties is Green Dot Tennessee’s way of rewarding individuals who bring the best of themselves to work each day to support students’ success.

Fairley was first sourced by staff nominations and then the nominations were combined with data by the leadership team to determine the winner. The Memphis high school has been on the forefront of student progress in the Green Dot Public Schools network as iReady test results outperformed last year’s tests. At Fairley High school, 334% of the typical goals in English were met, an achievement that included 73% of the students taking the test. They also had a 171% typical growth in Math, with more than half of students achieving that goal.

Also recognized as part of this year’s Dotties was Denai Green, as administrator of the year. Greene is assistant principal at Wooddale Middle School and will become principal on July 1. Christina Austin, who is principal at Fairley High and will become Chief of Schools at the Green Dot Tennessee Home Office, was the runner-up.

Other teachers recognized at the Dotties included Kirby Middle School’s Aliya Cunigan in Humanities, Wooddale Middle School’s Miriam Cain in STEM, Bluff City’s Laura Cochran in Electives, Wooddale’s Cecilia Cox in Wraparound Services as well as Joshua Matthews as Support Staff.

Wooddale’s Advisory team was selected as the top Leadership Team while Fairley High’s Leroy Blaine received the award as the top Utility Player in the region.

Other Dotties awarded included Ashley Jones, History Teacher at Hillcrest High as Always Growing, Tameka Voice, from Fairley High, was selected as the Outstanding Instructional Preparation English teacher. The Istructional Preparation Math Dottie Award went to Wooddale Middle School’s Tonda Boyland.

Amanda Eddington, English Teacher at Hilldale, was selected as the Dottiest staffer in the Tennessee network.

Greene, Eddington, and Jones were nominated by their peers and selected by the leadership team as winners. Boyce and Boyland were nominated by administrators on each campus and voted on by the English Language Arts and Math teams. For other awards, administrators from each campus nominated an individual, with winners selected via blind review of the submission.

Green Dot believes in recognition and support as the cornerstone of supporting highly effective teachers.