The Greeneville City Schools System has announced the 2014 system-level Teachers of the Year honorees. They are Amy Haynie, Laura Lenker and Sarah Beth Ricker.
Each year, the individual schools select a building-level Teacher of the Year. A Teacher of the Year Committee then selects system-wide winners, according to a news release.
Those individuals advance to the next level of competition and a chance to earn the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Award in their respective grade-level divisions.
Amy Haynie was selected as the system-level representative for grades pre-kindergarten through fourth. Haynie is currently the language arts teacher for third grade at Tusculum View Elementary School. She has been a member of the Tusculum View faculty for her entire teaching career of 11 years, the release says.
Laura Lenker was selected as the system-level representative for grades five through eight. Lenker is currently a seventh-grade science teacher at Greeneville Middle School (GMS). She has been a member of the GMS faculty for her entire teaching career of nine years, according to the release.
SARAH BETH RICKER
Sarah Beth Ricker was selected as the system-level representative for grades 9-12. Ricker is currently the ninth-grade Honors and regular Algebra 1A and 1B teacher at Greeneville High School (GHS). She has a total of 27 years' teaching experience, with 23 of those years at GHS, the release says.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career and to encourage public involvement in education.
The program is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation.
For more information about the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program, visit http://www.tn.gov/education/tpd/toy.shtml.