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Wilson Co Schools Teacher of the Month


“We are not afraid of working above and beyond. In fact, that is what defines us.” — Brian Cleary

This quote by Cleary, a teacher in the Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington, perhaps best describes a new honor being bestowed on a teacher each month by Wilson County Schools and the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

The new Teacher of the Month Award is one that will honor teachers who “demonstrate hard work and commitment to their students,” explained Dr. Kate Burgun, supervisor of instruction for grades 9-12.

Burgun explained that each month Wilson County Schools’ supervisors ask principals to submit the name of one teacher who has demonstrated hard work and commitment to their students as their school’s Teacher of the Month.

“We also ask principals to write an explanation of why they selected this teacher,” Burgun explained. “Then, Wilson County Schools’ supervisors review the schools’ submissions and select one teacher to be Wilson County Schools and Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.”

Supervisors included in the selection process are Burgun, Deputy Director of Academics Monty Wilson, Supervisor of Instruction Grades Kindergarten-Five Yvonne Smith, Supervisor of Middle Schools Grades Six-Eight Angela Rohen, Supervisor of Testing and Accountability Jennifer Cothron, and CTE Supervisor Bill Moss.

Melanie Minter, President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, said the organization was “thrilled” when asked to partner with the school system on this honor.

Minter noted that the Chamber partnered last year with the school system on promoting forums explaining CONNECTS, Wilson County Schools’ Digital Conversion Plan for 2015-2018.

“We also partnered with the school system’s Back to School Blast for the almost 1,200 teachers and administrators on the first day of school this year,” said Minter. “We believe in education and in the teachers who work so hard day-in and day-out. We are so happy to be a part of this, and we look forward to more partnerships like this in the future.”

Burgun said the school system wanted to partner with the Chamber to award the Teacher of the Month “because we want our teachers to know that not only does Wilson County Schools appreciate their dedication to students, but that the Wilson County community values their hard work as well.”

The first teacher to receive the newly minted Teacher of the Month honor is Julie Groover at Mt. Juliet Middle School for January 2016.

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Pictured: Chamber President/CEO Melanie Minter, Teacher of the Month Mrs. Julie Groover, Director of Wilson Co. Schools Dr. Donna Wright, Chamber Education Vice-Chair Tom Hines

MJMS Principal Tim Bell wrote about Groover: “Julie works tirelessly with her drama students to prepare for large scale productions like her students’ recent “Annie” production. She choreographs most of the plays she produces, and spends nights and weekends building sets and rehearsing with students.

“Her dedication to the drama department and to Mt. Juliet Middle School students is exceptional!”

Groover said, “I love exploratory and fine arts, so I think it’s an honor to be representing the fine arts. I think it’s great. It seems like it should be math, so that’s awesome. I’m very proud, very excited.”

Burgun and Minter both added that the school system and community appreciate Groover’s commitment to her students to ensure her students’ produce a stellar on-stage performance for the community each and every time.

Carroll-Oakland School Dedication


A school grand opening and dedication was held at Carroll-Oakland School on the afternoon of Sunday, November 8. The newly-renovated facility is located at 4664 Hunters Point Pike. Modifications made to the building and grounds cost over $13 million and include a loop drive to help avoid traffic back-up on the highway, a drainage system installed in the playground area, outdoor LED lighting, and a beautiful gym, complete with a stage for performances and seating for close to 1,000 students.

The gym was the site of the dedication ceremony on Sunday, which featured Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright, Carroll-Oakland School Principal Carol Ferrell, Wilson County School Board Chairman Larry Tomlinson, Wilson Co. Commissioner Keeny Reich, and Jason Morris of KBJM Architects. The public was invited to attend the event and to tour the school.

School and county officials joined the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber staff for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new entry to the school following the indoor ceremony.

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