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EdS in Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University (2017)

Read 2 Succeed certified (2017)

Master of Agricultural Education, Clemson University (2009)

Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts (2007)


Newberry High School (2009 - 2011):  Physical Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Physics

Laurens District 55 High School (2012 - 2015):  Chemistry, Physical Science, AVID Elective

Newberry High School (2015 - present):  Environmental Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics


Mrs. Cotney is originally from Greer, SC and graduated from Greer High School in 2003.  She then entered into her undergraduate career at Clemson University where she received her Production Studies in Performing Arts (conc. vocal perform) with a minor in Biological Sciences in 2007.  During this time she worked and performed numerous shows at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.  She then went on to receive her Master's of Agricultural Education in 2009.  During her graduate career she worked as a Graduate Assistant and had the privilege of working as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Career and Technology Education and was able to attend numerous professional conferences.  Mrs. Cotney completed her teaching practicum at Union County High School where she taught Equine Science, Ag. Science, and Horticulture.

Mrs. Cotney began her teaching career at Newberry High School and taught Physical Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Biology.  She then taught at Laurens High for 3 years where she taught Chemistry, Physical Science, and AVID Elective.

Recently, Mrs. Cotney completed her Educational Specialist degree from Arkansas State University in Educational Leadership.

Having taught in the Freshman Academy for the past three years, she is excited to have a new challenge of teaching upper classmen this year.

Mrs. Cotney is married to Coach Clay Cotney who is the Director of the Joe R. Adair Outdoor Education Center in Laurens.  They have two big dogs and little Eliza Catherine.