Elizabethton schools name teachers of the year

Published 3:48 pm Friday, January 21, 2022


The Elizabethton City School board recognized its 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year winners this week.

For each building in the school system, those awarded were as follows:
– East Side Elementary: Tammy Troutman, Second Grade Teacher, and Barbara Smith, Resource Teacher.
– Harold McCormick Elementary: Jennifer Landstreet, Instructional Teacher, and Amanda Righter, Fifth Grade Teacher.
– West Side Elementary: Sara Penley, Third Grade Math Teacher, and Matt Tynes, English/Language Arts Interventionist.
– T.A. Dugger Junior High: Christopher Lockhart, Band Director.
– Elizabethton High School: Brennan Trent, Math Teacher.

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Those awarded across the entire system were:
– Harold McCormick Elementary: Pre-K-4th-Jennifer Landstreet, Instructional Teacher.
– Harold McCormick Elementary: 5th-8th-Amanda Righter, Fifth Grade Teacher.
– Elizabethton High School: 9th-12th-Brennan Trent, Math Teacher.

“This is a fantastic group that really epitomizes the level of instruction that our students receive here in the school system, so we are very appreciative of all of their efforts,” said Richard VanHuss, director of schools.

The board also granted tenure to nine teachers:
– Reid Casey, Business Technology Teacher and Assistant Baseball Coach at Elizabethton High School.
– Katie Dugger, Health Science Teacher at Elizabethton High School.
– Zach Ensor, Health Science and Driver’s Education Teacher at Elizabethton High School.
– Collin McHenry, Sixth and Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher at T.A. Dugger Junior High.
– Cody Metcalf, Physical Education Teacher at T.A. Dugger Junior High.
– Barb Robinson, Response to Intervention Specialist at T.A. Dugger Junior High.
– Courtney Shelton, Sixth Grade Language Arts Teacher at T.A. Dugger Junior High.
– Rachel Wagner, Science Teacher at Elizabethton High School.
– Angela Wilber, a member of the Administration team at Elizabethton High School.

“This is a big accomplishment and it is recognition of your service and the job you do for us. We are very appreciative of you all,” VanHuss said.

“Congratulations and appreciation on your hard work to get to this accomplishment, as it is certainly a big deal,” added board member Eddie Pless. “You can breathe easier from now on until you retire.”

Due to conflicts, next month’s school board meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Elizabethton City Schools Central Office Building.