All Three 2009 Teachers of the Year in Knox County are regional winners as well
WEST VALLEY MIDDLE
A. L. LOTTS ELEMENTARY
TEACHER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
The teachers were nominated by their colleagues for this annual award. Their portfolios were sent to the East Tennessee Region of the State Department of Education where all were winners and have advanced to the State level consideration for Teacher of the Year. An East Tennessee regional SDE official could not recall any time in the past that all regional winners were from the same school system. Ms. Byrd was named the Grand Division winner for East Tennessee.
This year's candidates scores were very close. Here are the runnersup in each category:
Grades Pre K-4:
1st Runner-up – Julie Lewis, Cedar Bluff ElementaryGrades 5-8:
2nd Runners-up – Melanie Stone, Ball Camp Elementary
3rd Runner-up – Paula Holland, Sam E. Hill Family Community Center
4th Runner-up – Lisa Taylor, Ritta Elementary
1st Runner-up – Emily Gaude, Gresham MiddleGrades 9 –12
2nd Runner-up – Sherry Storms, West Valley Middle
3rd Runner-up – Susan Loveday, Powell Middle
4th Runners-up – Tina Shelton, Northwest Middle
1st Runner-up - Shannon Jackson, West High
2nd Runner-up – Terri Griffith-Gilbert, Karns High
3rd Runner-up – Tanya Bunch, Carter High
4th Runner-up – David Combs, Hardin Valley Academy
Resa Byrd, A. L. Lotts Elementary
East Tennessee Teacher of the Year
(Read Ms. Byrd's Philosophy of Education)
Ms. Byrd says, “Teaching is a wonderful career. It is a privilege and a calling and it’s also hard work and you need to be ready and willing to give to people more than you could have ever dreamed, but it is one of the most rewarding things you could ever choose to be.
"As a teacher I take joy in encouraging my students to contribute to their community. My classes are known for efforts such as delivering plates of goodies to the staff members of our school each Thanksgiving and for writing letters of encouragement to the homeless children at Knox Rescue Mission” said Byrd.
Amy Crawford West Valley Middle School
(Read Ms. Crawford's Philosophy of Education)
“I believe teaching is my calling, because my desire to teach came from a power far greater than myself. Teaching is so much more than what I do; it is who I am”, she explains. She traces her love for education through other family members as well. “The draw to the classroom has been a powerful force in my family. My grandmother taught in Knox County for 39 years. My grandfather served as an administrator and teacher, and my father taught history for a few years before I was born. Even my two daughters have decided to pursue careers in education. “
Crawford reflects on what it means to be chosen for the Middle School Teacher of the Year by saying, “Being chosen Knox County’s Teacher of the Year is a tremendous honor for me. There are countless numbers of teachers in classrooms all across the county who pour themselves into the lives of their students everyday. This award should be shared among all the people who have helped mold me into the person I am today.”
Flowerree Galetovic, Bearden High School
(Read Ms. Galetovic's Philosophy of Education)
Ms. Galetovic stated, “The most important attribute of any good teacher is that s/he is passionate about the students and the subject s/he is teaching. If a teacher truly loves the students, all of them, the students recognize the true quality for caring and perform even when otherwise they might be reluctant to do so. What a dynamic profession when one can be excited everyday to see what new idea the students have facing them. If a teacher does not love and continually investigate the subject through classes and practice, s/he stagnates. I am such a fortunate person to have a profession I love and students I treasure.”
The winners’ portfolios will be sent to the East Tennessee Region of the State Department of Education for further competition and possible advancement to the state level. Six teachers from around the state will be named Tennessee Teachers of the Year. One of them will advance to the national competition.