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28 named Wilson Co. Teacher of Year finalists

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Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for the 2014 Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

The winner will be honored at the 16th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 11, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.

The Teacher of the Year program began almost 17 years ago under the direction of W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, and Bob McDonald, president of CedarStone Bank.

"Education is the most important factor in the success of a community," Bone said. "It is fitting that we recognize and congratulate those professionals to whom we entrust the futures of our children."

Each of the 28 schools in Wilson County nominates and elects its own "teacher of the year" from its faculty; nominees are chosen by their peers. Those 28 teachers then complete self-evaluation packets, providing the information for the final judging. Past winners of the award meet with those nominees and go over the criteria processing materials, which have proven to be a great learning experience for all those involved. An anonymous panel of Cumberland University education faculty members then selects the Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

Many people play an important role in making the program successful, including members of local businesses and government, school principals, school administrators and the Chambers of Commerce from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. Community leaders throughout the area are on hand during the awards banquet to show their support and gratitude.

"We are very proud of this program as it recognizes educators in our community that go above and beyond their call of duty,” McDonald said, "and we at CedarStone Bank are proud to be a part of it. It is wonderful to see our teachers be acknowledged and rewarded for the fine job they do."

The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and their school will net another $500 for their efforts.

Those selected from across the county as “Teacher of the Year” in their respected school are as follows:

Anita Gray -- Byars-Dowdy Elementary School

Mickie Stottlemire -- Carroll-Oakland Elementary School

Deborah G. Howard -- Castle Heights Elementary School

Jamie Beaty -- Coles Ferry Elementary School

Mitzi Lundy -- Elzie D. Patton Elementary School

Cheri Dykas -- Friendship Christian School

Debbie Yankura -- Gladeville Elementary School

Katie Ingram -- Lakeview Elementary School

Joseph B. Murphy -- Lebanon High School

Shaun L. Caven -- MAP Academy

Eric Alspaugh -- McClain Christian Academy

Kathy Posey -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy

Mandy Lee -- Mt. Juliet Elementary School

Mary Kay Kelton -- Mt. Juliet High School

Tiffany McNeese -- Mt. Juliet Middle School

Jessica Davis -- Rutland Elementary School

April Burress -- Sam Houston Elementary School

Lisa S. Baines -- Southside Elementary School

Jennifer Moore Marshall -- Stoner Creek Elementary School

Tara Mitchell -- Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School

Danette Henderson Baskin -- W.A. Wright Elementary School

Angie Bruce -- Walter J. Baird Middle School

Shannon Queen -- Watertown Elementary School

Steven Howerton -- Watertown High School

Jennifer Terhune -- West Elementary School

Melissa Robinson -- West Wilson Middle School

MaryBeth Boswell -- Wilson Central High School

Melissa Reynolds -- Winfree-Bryant Middle School

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