This year’s winner of Teacher of the Year is Karen Willingham of Small World. Karen is a 3&4-year-old classroom teacher. She has served the children of Obion County for many years, recognized in previous years as a Teacher of Excellence. She is currently attending classes to complete her credential for Child Development Associate. We want to celebrate with her this year as exhibits the very highest quality of teaching in the classroom, providing a model for excellent early childhood education.
2019 Susan Scott Lifetime Achievement Award Zula Massengill- Small World
2019 Bright Idea of the Year Award Cathy Hedgepath and Lynn Brown- Kare Bear
Annually we recognize a special teacher who has dedicated a lifetime to the education of young children. In memory of Susan Scott, who began teaching at Kare Bear in 1986. As an exemplary teacher, she taught hundreds of children over a period of 30 years. Few people commit to this level of dedication in early childhood education, preparing children year after year for a successful experience in academic education, modeling for them the character values important for a lifetime. In memory of Susan Scott, we need to recognize and thank this year’s recipient of the award for a willingness to commit to years of hugs, wiping noses, correcting manners, sharing encouraging words, kissing booboos, and reminding children to use their inside voices.
2019 Highest Assessment Score Center and Teacher Kare Bear and Mackenzie Haskins
High Assessment Score Center – The state of TN does one annual assessment of every childcare center in the state. The scores are standardized using an environmental rating scale with a perfect score being 7.0. Every year we receive the reports from our local centers based on what the state has observed. Our High Assessment Score for the 2018 year of assessments was Kare Bear with a 6.41 out of 7. High Assessment Score Teacher – The teacher in Obion County with the highest assessment score in 2018 was McKenzie Haskins with a 6.73 out of 7.0.