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Educator Recognition

Each year outstanding public school educators earn distinction from the Tennessee Department of Education 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

2019-20 Winners

Teacher of the Year

Brian McLaughlin
Hamblen County

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Brian McLaughlin

Principal of the Year

LeAndrea Ware
Hamilton County

2019-20 Principal of the Year LeAndrea Ware

Supervisor of the Year

Michelle Goad
Gibson County SSD

2019-20 Supervisor of the Year Michelle Goad

Nathan Kirsch, Shelby County Schools

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PAEMST Awardees - Math

Heather Knox
Murfreesboro City
2018-19 Winner, K-6

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Cicely Woodard
Metro Nashville
2017-18 Winner 7-12

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PAEMST Awardees - Science

Karla West
Maryville City
2018-19 Winner, K-6

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Kristina Krautkremer
Kingsport City
2017-18 Winner, 7-12

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