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Educator Recognition

Every year, the department recognizes outstanding educators in the state with awards for their meritorious service and devotion to students. Information about the three awards, including application instructions, are available from the corresponding pages below:

Statewide Programs

2018-19 Winners

Teacher of the Year

Melissa Miller
Franklin SSD

2018-19 Teacher of the Year Melissa Miller

Principal of the Year

Vicki Shipley
Tipton County

2018-19 Principal of the Year Vicki Shipley

Supervisor of the Year

Maria Warren
Loudon County

2018-19 Supervisor of the Year Maria Warren

Erica Stephens - Shelby County  

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Shelly Gaughan - Metro Nashville

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PAEMST Finalist - Math

Heather Knox
Murfreesboro City

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PAEMST Finalists - Science

Charles E. Hayes Jr.
Shelby County

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Lauren Lane
Rutherford County

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Karla West
Maryville City

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