2016-2017 STN TEACHER OF THE YEAR CONTEST
Honoring the STN advisor who epitomizes our mission.
The winner receives a trip to the 2017 STN Convention and $1,000 stipend for their program.
2016-2017 STN Teacher of the Year
Ms. McKemey currently teaches Broadcast Journalism at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Her students have won 5 Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and multiple top awards from the Southeastern Interscholastic Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association. Their weekly show “The Buzz” is broadcast throughout the school as well as city wide in both the towns of Fort Mill and Tega Cay via cable access.
At their first STN Convention in Orlando, Florida, McKemey’s class came away empty handed and incredibly overwhelmed by all the unbelievable talents and abilities of other programs. They went on to win First Place in the Anchor Competition the following year and placed in five convention events in addition to winning a 2016 STN Fall Challenge and being named best Weekly Show for the Southeastern Region. Ms. McKemey credits STN with nurturing her students, pushing her as an advisor to take the program to the next level and showing them through the examples of top notch student production teams where the only limits are the ones placed on ourselves. She also says the network of awesome advisors she has met through STN have been her life line and pretty much the only reason she is still sort of sane - it most certainly takes a village!
Prior to teaching, Ms. McKemey was a television news producer at both CBS and ABC affiliates and helped launch the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, NC. She fell into teaching completely by accident when she was asked to be a temporary fill in for the floundering television production class ‘until they found someone who could actually teach.’ That was 9 years ago, so she assumes the school district has completely forgotten the original agreement. When not molding young minds with her unconventional approach to storytelling or spending a ridiculous amount of time in the principal’s office “time out” chair (because what broadcast teacher doesn’t get into trouble on a weekly basis?) she is surrounded by the four most fabulous men on the planet - her husband of 25 years George, their 3 wild, wonderful boys - and of course Lola, her best friend on four legs.
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