Many people play an important role in making the program successful, including members of business and government, school principals, school administrators and the Chambers of Commerce from Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. Community leaders throughout the area are on hand during the awards banquet to show their support and gratitude.
"Education is the most important factor in the success of a community," Bone said. "It is fitting that we recognize and congratulate those professionals to whom we entrust the futures of our children."
"This is a fantastic program," McDonald said, "and we at CedarStone Bank are proud to be a part of it. It is wonderful to see our teachers be acknowledged and rewarded for the fine job they do."
Those receiving Teacher of the Year awards from their schools this year include:
Mary-Margaret Farris of Byars-Dowdy Elementary School; Erin Hailey of Carroll-Oakland Elementary School; Doretha Wright of Castle Heights Upper Elementary School; Jerett Cushing of Coles Ferry Elementary School; Kristin Cummings of Elzie D. Patton Elementary School; Bob King of Friendship Christian School; Wendi Cathey of Gladeville Elementary School;
Suzi Gregory of Lakeview Elementary School; Carrie Pfeiffer of Lebanon High School; Jason Dunn of MAP Academy; Karla Thompson of McClain Christian Academy; Pat Wilson of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy; Marsha Ingram of Mt. Juliet Elementary School; Derek T. Elwell of Mt. Juliet High School; Cathy Liddle of Mt. Juliet Middle School; Michelle Rowland of Rutland Elementary School;
Debbie Martin of Sam Houston Elementary School; Ashlee Sexton of Southside Elementary School; Stephanie Hines of Stoner Creek Elementary School; Melodie S. Collier of Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School; Ginger Ash of W.A. Wright Elementary School; Gregrhi Love of Walter J. Baird Middle School; Angela Tripp of Watertown Elementary School;
Lee Hodges of Watertown High School; Catherine Hobbs of West Elementary School; Francie Watts of West Wilson Middle School; April Grooms of Wilson Central High School; and Mark Wooten of the Wilson County Career Technical Center.