Organizers of the annual Wilson County Teacher of the Year program have announced the nominees for Wilson County Teacher of the Year.
The winner will be honored at the 11th Annual Teacher of the Year banquet and ceremony on Friday, April 17, in Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University.
The Teacher of the Year program began almost 14 years ago under the direction of W.P. Bone III, owner of Wilson County Chevrolet-Buick, and Bob McDonald, president of CedarStone Bank. Each school 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 proves to be a great learning experience for all those involved. An anonymous panel of Cumberland University 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 business 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.
“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.”
“This is a fantastic program," 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.”
Those receiving Teacher of the Year awards from their schools this year include:
Mary-Margaret Farris - Byars-Dowdy Elementary SchoolErin Hailey - Carroll-Oakland Elementary SchoolDoretha Wright - Castle Heights Upper Elementary SchoolJerett Cushing - Coles Ferry Elementary SchoolKristin Cummings - Elzie D. Patton Elementary SchoolBob King - Friendship Christian SchoolWendi Cathey - Gladeville Elementary SchoolSuzi Gregory - Lakeview Elementary SchoolCarrie Pfeiffer - Lebanon High SchoolJason Dunn - MAP AcademyKarla Thompson - McClain Christian AcademyPat Wilson - Mt. Juliet Christian AcademyMarsha Ingram - Mt. Juliet Elementary SchoolDerek T. Elwell - Mt. Juliet High SchoolCathy Liddle - Mt. Juliet Middle SchoolMichelle Rowland - Rutland Elementary SchoolDebbie Martin - Sam Houston Elementary School Ashlee Sexton - Southside Elementary SchoolStephanie Hines - Stoner Creek Elementary SchoolMelodie S. Collier -Tuckers Crossroads Elementary SchoolGinger Ash - W.A. Wright Elementary SchoolGregrhi Love - Walter J. Baird Middle SchoolAngela Tripp - Watertown Elementary SchoolLee Hodges - Watertown High SchoolCatherine Hobbs - West Elementary SchoolFrancie Watts - West Wilson Middle SchoolApril Grooms - Wilson Central High SchoolMark Wooten - Wilson County Career Technical Center