Tennessee Announces 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. Hamblen County Educator Derek Voiles Takes Top Teaching Honor

Derek Voiles, a seventh-grade English language arts teacher at Lincoln Heights Middle School in Morristown, was the recipient of this year’s TN Teacher of the Year honor. Voiles has been teaching for six years in Hamblen County and, in addition to serving in many leadership roles at his school, is currently a doctoral candidate at East Tennessee State University.

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Auditions for Kid Host of New Adventure Science Center TV Show

Auditions will be held at Adventure Science Center’s Jack Wood Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on September 10th and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on September 11th. ASC is looking for an outgoing 10- to 13-year-old with a lot of energy and curiosity. Audition slots will be available on a first-come first-served basis on the day of auditions so kids and parents should arrive early and get in line.

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Congrats to all 9 of Tennessee’s 2016-2017 Principal of the Year Finalists

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the finalists for the 2016-17 Tennessee Principal of the Year award today. The nine finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division, West, Middle and East. Grand Division winners and the Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced on Oct. 25, 2016, during the department’s LEAD Conference.

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Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen begins a new set of school visits today, focusing this school year on students’ perspectives and experiences

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen begins a new set of school visits today, focusing this school year on students’ perspectives and experiences, especially in the middle and high school grades. This revamped version of her Classroom Chronicles tour builds on the success of the first round of visits in 2015-16, when she met with more than 10,000 teachers and toured 121 schools in 82 districts across Tennessee.

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