County taps George, Hall and Klepzig

City, county schools announce top teachers

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 2/17/18

Bradley County Schools recently announced its 2018-19 district-level Teachers of the Year. 

This year’s three district-level honorees are: Adelia Hall (grades pre-K-4), Denise George …

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County taps George, Hall and Klepzig

City, county schools announce top teachers

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Bradley County Schools recently announced its 2018-19 district-level Teachers of the Year. 

This year’s three district-level honorees are: Adelia Hall (grades pre-K-4), Denise George (grades 5-8) and LeAnn Klepzig (grades 9-12). 

Hall is a second-grade teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School and has been there for 16 years. 

George is the library/media specialist at Charleston Elementary School, and she has been teaching for 15 years. 

Klepzig teaches 10th-grade English language arts and 9-12 Bible as Literature at Walker Valley High School. She has been teaching for 12 years and has been in her current role for five.

“Denise George is a true instructional leader that works to inspire both students and teachers,” said Candice Belt, principal of Charleston Elementary. “She has worked diligently to support our STEAM initiative, partnering with teachers to receive numerous BCPEF Team grants over the past few years. She has worked to make the library a center of innovation and connected learning by planning with teachers to weave grade level standards and projects throughout library instruction. Her heart is that of a leader and learner.” 

The principals of Oak Grove Elementary and Walker Valley High could not be reached for comment before press deadlines. However, both WVHS Principal Nat Akiona and Oak Grove Principal Buck Watson have said in the past that dedicated teachers like Klepzig and Hall are crucial to their students’ success. 

The district-level honorees were chosen from among the building-level Teachers of the Year at all the county schools, meaning these teachers were first nominated by their fellow educators. 

The building-level honorees were: 

• Black Fox Elementary: Melissa Beaty and Denise Jones; 

• Bradley Central High: Paula Deal and Keri Ivester; 

• Charleston Elementary: Bethany Purser and Denise George; 

• Goal Academy: Gary Peltier; 

• Hopewell Elementary: Aimee Passavant and Kelly Jackson;

• Lake Forest Middle: Alex Maxwell and Sara Rusk; 

• Michigan Avenue Elementary: Trisha Frazier and Candy Wiggins;

• North Lee Elementary: Kelli Earhart and Chris Doan;

• Oak Grove Elementary: Adelia Hall and Dawn Puckett;

• Ocoee Middle: Beth Finnell and Jennifer Turner;

• Park View Elementary: Summer Harbison;

• Prospect Elementary: Jody Dockery and Kim Still; 

• Taylor Elementary: Jenny Cole and Leah Hughes;

• Valley View Elementary: Bradley Reese and Chase Smartt;

• Walker Valley High: Linda Dyszkiewicz and LeAnn Klepzig; 

• Waterville Community Elementary: Brynn Geren and Jeff Walker. 

The three district-level Teachers of the Year are now eligible to compete for the Regional and Tennessee Teacher of the Year competitions run by the Tennessee Department of Education. Region-level finalists are expected to be announced by March 9. 

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