To the Editor:
The 2015 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Banquet was again a learning experience for me. The first lesson I learned was how fortunate Wilson County is to have sponsors like Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Hyundai and CedarStone Bank. These businesses like so many other businesses are willing to voluntarily contribute to good causes like this in our county.
The second lesson is that I witnessed the incredible passion that some of our fellow Wilson County residents have shown in investing their time and talent to honor these teachers. My hat is especially off to W.P. Bone and Bob McDonald.
The third lesson I learned was the loyalty and commitment of Cumberland University toward our schools in accommodating the honorees and their families in beautiful Baird Chapel. This is a reflection of the university's devotion to our community and the role it plays in making Wilson County the destination it is today for families, business and commerce. Every day the faculty and staff of Cumberland strive to produce outstanding teachers. Knowing that our children are safe and in good hands is important. But knowing they are being taught by some of the best teaching professionals available is invaluable.
Another lesson I learned while sitting at a table with both private and public educators is their true commitment to help mold and teach their students. While eating dinner, our conversation seemed to focus on some of the legislation that was being debated in Nashville. Our conversation did not center on money to the system, nor did we discuss implications to the teachers. Our whole conversation focused on benefits for our students. It was very enlightening, and I truly appreciated their input.
Finally, to be in the room with so many talented professionals, it was reassuring knowing that we have such skilled educators that teach and care for our students. It was truly an honor to be in attendance.
State Rep. Mark Pody