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