Tennessee Department of Education Announces 2017-18 Teacher of the Year Finalists
Nine Finalists Move Forward for State Recognition, Will Serve on Commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council
NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Education today announced the nine finalists for the 2017-18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year award. The finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) area in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division (west, middle, and east). Grand Division winners and the Teacher of the Year will be selected from this group andannounced during an honorary banquet this fall.
"These teachers are our students’ heroes," Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said. “Our educators have a direct, positive influence on students every day. And, because of educators like these nine finalists, Tennessee’s future is bright.”
The final winner will represent Tennessee in the National Teacher of the Year competition and serve as an ambassador for education in the state throughout the year. To qualify, candidates must have been teaching full-time for at least three years, have a track record of exceptional gains in student learning, and be effective school and community leaders. The nine finalists for 2017-18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year are:
Jackson-Madison County Schools
McKenzie Special School District
West End Middle
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Tullahoma City Schools
White County High
White County Schools
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences
Hamilton County Department of Education
Knox County Schools
South Side Elementary
Johnson City Schools
These finalists will have the opportunity to serve on Commissioner McQueen’s Teacher Advisory Council for duration of the 2017-18 school year. This council acts as a working group of expert teachers to provide feedback and inform the work of the department throughout the school year. Additionally, to provide continuity and leadership, the three Grand Division winners will continue their term during the 2018-19 school year.
For more information on the Tennessee Teacher of the Year program, visit the department’s website or contact Debby Muskar, director of human capital strategy, at Debra.Muskar@tn.gov. For media inquiries,contact Sara Gast, director of strategic communications and media, at (615) 532‐6260 or Sara.Gast@tn.gov.