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Wilson County Teacher of the Year nominations underway

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CedarStone Bank President and CEO Bob McDonald and W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai, with eight previous winners of the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award. SUBMITTED

CedarStone Bank and Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai recently announced that the nomination process for the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award has commenced.

"We're thrilled to once again help honor and recognize teachers and education," CedarStone Bank President and CEO Bob McDonald said. "This program affords all of us the opportunity to recognize one of the most valued assets in our community - our superior teachers."

Each of the 30 schools in Wilson County nominates and elects its own "Teacher of the Year" from its faculty; nominees are chosen by their peers. Once the nominations are submitted, a committee of professors consisting of carefully selected teaching faculty from Cumberland University will then review the application information and select the Wilson County Teacher of the Year. To ensure impartiality, the selection information submitted to the professors will not include individual teachers' names or schools nor will anyone know the identity of the professors. The process generally takes two months.

The Wilson County Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Baird Chapel on the CU campus. The program, entering its 19th year, was founded by McDonald and W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick-GMC and Hyundai.

All 30 nominees and their guest are invited to the banquet and ceremony, where the 2016-17 Wilson County Teacher of the Year will be announced. The winning teacher will receive a commemorative award, $1,500 cash and his/her name inscribed on plaques located in the offices of the Mt. Juliet, Watertown and Lebanon/Wilson County chambers of commerce and school boards. In addition, the winner's school will receive a cash award of $500. Jennifer Elliott of Winfree Bryant Middle School was last year's winner.

McDonald and Bone recently honored past winners of the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award at an annual dinner. The dinner is held not just to honor past recipients but also solicit their feedback on how to improve the program going forward. Past winners in attendance at the dinner were Alexa Moscardelli, Diane Bennett, Mary Jean Smith, David Atkins, Mary Ashby, Jen Whitener, Joe Murphy and Elliott.

To learn more about the award program, visit the news and events section of www.cedarstonebank.com.

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