clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalists announced

2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Karen Vogelsang, a fourth-grade teacher in Memphis
2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Karen Vogelsang, a fourth-grade teacher in Memphis
Submitted

The Tennessee Department of Education on Friday announced nine finalists for the state’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year Award.

The finalists are elementary, middle and high school educators from nine separate geographic areas across the state. The Teacher of the Year, as well as top winners from East, Middle and West Tennessee, will be selected from this group and announced this fall.

2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year Karen Vogelsang, a fourth-grade teacher in Memphis
Karen Vogelsang, a fourth-grade teacher in Memphis, is the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year.

For the second straight year, finalists will join the state education commissioner’s Teacher Advisory Council, which offers insight, feedback and advice on issues that impact Tennessee teachers.

“Seeking feedback and advice from our Teacher of the Year finalists is a critical step in ensuring that we are learning from and listening to teachers from all regions of our state,” Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in a news release.

The 2015-16 finalists are:

West Tennessee

Tonya Hawkins, Arlington Elementary School, Arlington Community Schools

Cathy Whitehead, West Chester Elementary School, Chester County Schools

Pamela Copeland, Dresden Middle School, Weakley County Schools

Middle Tennessee

Kyle Prince, Central Magnet High School, Rutherford County Schools

Regina Peery, McDowell Elementary School, Maury County Schools

Gay Burger, East Side Elementary School, Cannon County Schools

East Tennessee

Adam Moss, Arnold Memorial Elementary School, Cleveland City Schools

Karen Kelly, Pigeon Forge High School, Sevier County Schools

Rebekah Haren, Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport City Schools

The 2014-15 Teacher is the Year is Karen Vogelsang, a fourth-grade teacher at Keystone Elementary School in Memphis.

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing our daily reality

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to providing the information families and educators need, but this kind of work isn't possible without your help.

Connect with your community

Find upcoming Tennessee events