Six educators from Cleveland and Bradley County school systems were honored Tuesday during the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Education 2019 Outstanding Educator Awards …
Six educators from Cleveland and Bradley County school systems were honored Tuesday during the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Education 2019 Outstanding Educator Awards presentation held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Cleveland.
The System-Level Teachers of the Year recognized for their outstanding dedication to teaching were Sarah Haynes, Oak Grove Elementary School; Tara Snider, Taylor Elementary; Kristina Culberson, Bradley Central High; Brandi Beard, Stuart Elementary Emily Raper, Cleveland Middle; and Linda Lemons, Cleveland High.
Each honoree received a $500 check, as well as a framed award certificate.
Additional teachers were also recognized as Building-Level Teachers of the Year.
Sherry Crye, Chamber director of workforce development, welcomed the honorees to the event and said education is the cornerstone of a growing community.
"We are proud of our local education system, and it is striving to grow with the community," Crye said.
The CBCC, which sponsored the event, partners with the local education community to help develop workforce skills through its "Your Skills, Your Future" marketing campaign.
Chamber board president Kim Casteel announced the names of the six Outstanding Teacher Award recipients.
Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Russell Dyer said local school systems have 'the best of the best" when it comes to educators, emphasizing that there are few professions that matter more than educating and preparing young people for the future.
"Teaching matters the most," Dyer said.
Dr. Jimmy Harper, president of the Tennessee Christian Preparatory, said his school's recipient, Jared Tilley, always goes the extra mile in inspiring and instructing students.
"He is an all-star teammate," Harper said.
Sheena Newman, Bradley County Schools' supervisor of elementary education, announced the names of the Building-Level Teachers of the Year.
The winners for Bradley County Schools include: Emily Jones, Tammy Looney, Drew German, Anthony Womac, Amanda Szidiropulosz, Melissa Smith, Jana Hays, Suzette Swafford, Julie Mitchell, Renee Talley, Amy Criddle, Cynthia Duggan, Julie Fairchild, Maria Hunt, Rebecca Miller, Ricky Henry, Spencer Hughes, Lauren Suits, Michael Heltzel, Kris Ellis, Kylee Rayfield, Janet Woody, Heather Donegan, Jenni White, Lauren Limburg, Paul Sausville, Brittney Woods and Mallory Vaughn.
The winners from Cleveland City Schools include: Angela Denton, Jess Wood, Rebecca Brown, Cori Lawson, Ronda Phillips, Loes Riggins, Terry Esquinance, Mark Miles and Jennifer Colbaugh.
Chamber President and CEO Gary Farlow said he's married to a teacher and understands the hard work and sacrifices required to deliver a quality education.
"I know what you go through," Farlow said.
According to a CBCC statement, "the community development division of the Program of Work for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce seeks to enhance the quality of life in the community. ... With education a vital component in determining the quality of life, the Chamber strives to coordinate business support for educational programs within the community."
The Chamber's "annual Salute to Education reflects one of many efforts that illustrate its commitment to education, workforce development and lifelong learning," the statement added.
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