Honors Teacher, Principal and Supervisor of the Year
The Tennessee Department of Education honored finalists in the 2005 Teacher of The Year program during a banquet at the Union Station in Nashville. During the event, the three Teachers of the Year Grand Division winners and the Tennessee Teacher of the Year were announced.
The 2005 Teacher of the Year and Middle Tennessee Grand Division winner is Karen Blooding, a music teacher, from Homer Pittard Campus School in Rutherford County. Karen has been teaching music to children for over 26 years. She has achieved National Board Certification for teaching elementary school students. As a testament to her outstanding abilities, she has been honored as Teacher of the Year at almost every school in which she has taught since 1988. In November, Karen Blooding will compete in Washington, D.C., for the honor of being the National Teacher of the Year.
The East Tennessee Grand Division winner is Bill Smith. He teachers fourth grade at Lake Ridge Elementary School in Johnson City.
The West Tennessee Grand Division winner is Bill Pullen. He is an English teacher at Germantown High School in Shelby County.
“The Teacher of the Year award is the highest achievement in teaching for the state of Tennessee,” said Commissioner Lana Seivers. “This award recognizes individuals who have spent a lifetime dedicated to helping students learn and achieve their dreams. It is a great privilege to be able to honor these wonderful teachers.”
Winners of the Grand Division received a $5,000 monetary award and all division finalists received $1,000. The Niswonger Foundation, a Greeneville-based organization that provides student scholarships and resources for school systems, sponsors the awards. The support from the Niswonger Foundation is part of their commitment to promoting excellence amongst teachers in Tennessee. In addition, the SMARTer Kids Foundation will award the Teacher of the Year with an educational technology package valued at over $14,000.
On Wednesday, October 20, the Principal and Supervisor of the Year were announced during a banquet for state educators attending the LEAD conference. Philip Kiper from Bledsoe County Middle School was named Principal of the Year. The state selected Dr. Shirley Ellis as Supervisor of the Year. She is the director of federal projects and testing for the Carter County School System.