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Teacher of Year event excels again

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State Rep. Mark Pody

To the Editor:

It was another special evening at the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Banquet. Two very community-minded businesses, Wilson County Motors and CedarStone Bank, again came together and held the 18th annual Teacher of the Year Banquet at Cumberland University. Cumberland University served a very elegant dinner, and their newly selected president Dr. Paul Stumb gave remarks about our ever-changing society.

Every school in the county selected a teacher we could have been proud to call the teacher of the year; however, only one could be chosen. This year was unique in that the award went to a special education teacher from Winfree Bryant Middle School. Jennifer Elliot graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 1996 with a B.S. in Special Education. She has taught for 20 years at both Walter J. Baird and Winfree Bryant Middle School. She and her husband Todd live in Lebanon where they are raising their three sons.

My sincere thanks to all the teachers and principals for the countless hours they have invested in our children. Our future is literally in their hands.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors of this event. They saw an opportunity to fill a need for the community, and they planned, funded and implemented it on their own. My gratefulness is extended to Bob McDonald, CedarStone Bank and W.P. Bone, Wilson County Motors.

State Rep. Mark Pody

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