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Wright inducted into UT Hall of Honor

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As if receiving renewal of the school district's accreditation wasn't enough, Wilson County School Board Chair Larry Tomlinson had more good news for board members at Wednesday's special-called meeting.

The district's Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright was going to be honored by her alma mater, the University of Tennessee, announced Tomlinson, who represents Zone 5.

Wright was inducted into the UT Educators Hall of Honor Class of 2015 Thursday night at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville, along with six other educators who include renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

UT's "Voice of the Volunteers," play-by-play announcer Bob Kesling, emceed the event, and Giovanni presented remarks during the ceremony.

Wright earned her bachelor's degree from UT in 1982, her master's in 1990, and her doctorate from the school in 2002, so she's "all-Volunteer."

But according to UT, "The Educators Hall of Honor is open to any professional educator, and members have come from throughout Tennessee and the nation," not only UT graduates.

Specifically, according to the university, the Hall of Honor "has featured educators from elementary school to college ranks as well as coaches, organizations, and nontraditional educators who have made an impact on improving education."

Wright began teaching in Knox County in its middle and high schools. She was promoted to assistant principal and then principal at Knox's West High School, where she implemented changes to advance the school from low- to high-performing.

She later served as assistant superintendent for Knox County Schools and then, in 2012, for Williamson County Schools. She joined Wilson County Schools as its new director last year.

Wright also has been an adjunct professor at UT, Tennessee Tech, Lincoln Memorial University, and Middle Tennessee State University.

Writer Connie Esh can be contacted at cewrites@yahoo.com.

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