Congratulations to Tiffany Medford, who was selected as Piedmont's 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. Jan Blumer, Exceptional Children's Teacher, and Sara Hanna, English Teacher, were the top three finalists for Teacher of the Year who were observed by a committee and interviewed as part of the process of Teacher of the Year. For Mrs. Medford, a career in education came after she graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS in Interior Design and Architectural Drafting and worked several years in the field of design and real estate. She is currently in her eighteenth year, with teaching experiences in elementary, middle, and high school visual arts. As a professional member of the National Art Education Association, she works to stay well versed in the trends and up and coming mediums to share with her students.
Four years ago, she joined the team at Piedmont High School as a Studio Arts teacher, with a focus on Pottery and Photography. Mrs. Medford serves as the Fine Arts Department Chair and an advisor for the National Art Honor Society, a club that aspires to encourage student leadership and community service through love of art. Mrs. Medford has been fortunate to receive several grants, further enriching her teaching, including Bright Ideas and Lift, offering her students the opportunities to experience art beyond the school walls. Grant-assisted projects include glass fusion, jewelrysmithing, pottery, artistic lanterns, as well as Creating Art as a Business, which involved students with traveling shows and community displays. Other roles at Piedmont include directing the Miss Piedmont High Scholarship Pageant and working with the Piedmont BBQ team. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on the lake with her family, cooking, gardening, and photography. Mrs. Medford is a member of Benton Heights Presbyterian Church and assists her husband as a Cub Scout Pack leader for Pack 226. She resides in Indian Trail with her husband, Hugh “Tradd” Medford and son Beau, a third grader at Unionville Elementary School.