Celebrating special classroom educators

Tom Rowland
Posted 3/8/18

Our Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce recently honored a special group of people, our community’s teachers.It was the Chamber of Commerce's annual Salute to Education. This popular tribute has …

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Celebrating special classroom educators


Our Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce recently honored a special group of people, our community’s teachers.

It was the Chamber of Commerce's annual Salute to Education. This popular tribute has been taking place for over two decades.

It honors the building level and system level teachers of the year for our two school systems and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School.

Congratulations to Krislyn Martin, Joshua Foggin and Valerie Capps of the Cleveland City School System and Amelia Hall, Denise George and LeAnn Klepzig of the Bradley County School System.

They are the District Level teachers of the year. They will now be competing for Tennessee Teacher of the Year in their grade divisions.

It is fitting that this annual recognition is hosted by the CBCC’s Education and Workforce Development Committee.

Our city recognizes that a well-trained and educated workforce is a vital part of Cleveland’s future. We are blessed with an abundance of caring teachers committed to preparing young people for that future. And we are also blessed to have dedicated School Boards who lend them guidance, support and encouragement.

There are many more examples of how our community supports our schools.

The Chamber of Commerce BEST (Business and Education Serving Together) partnerships are going strong. Local businesses and industries team up with a specific school for education-related projects. Two new partnerships were recently announced.

All Cleveland Middle School students have been issued laptops to use at school and, with parental consent, for homework. Plans call for more laptops to be issued to Cleveland High students later.

The Cleveland Board Of Education also announced plans for more 21st century technology in elementary school classrooms too.

Spring graduations are getting closer. Our city’s newest graduates will be well prepared for whatever they choose as the next big adventure in their lives.

Some of them may become educators because of the influence of a teacher along the way. It warms my heart when I see these former local students becoming teachers.

On a personal note, one of this years' recipients is a teacher I have watched grow up from a young toddler.

She is Denise Kirk George, and I am not surprised she has risen to this honor. I saw her leadership skills and caring spirit at an early age.

She is one example of our community's finest giving back to her hometown. No doubt her career path was influenced by her mother, Libby Kirk, a former educator, and her dad, Jim Kirk. Jim has given a lifetime to our community's Scouting program.

They no doubt have been role models for their daughter in her educational career.

Congratulations to all six of this year's recipients. You are grand examples of why we are "The City With Spirit."


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