School Board recognizes Unicoi County's Teachers of the Year

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 15, 2019 at 2:45 AM

ERWIN — The Unicoi County Board of Education on Thursday recognized the winners of the school system’s annual peer-reviewed Teachers of the Year awards.

Awarded in three categories based on nominations and comments submitted by their fellow teachers, the awards went to K-4th grade teacher Sara Sparks, middle school teacher Hayley Goad and high school teacher Lisa Lyle.

A fourth-grade English arts teacher at Love Chapel Elementary School and a district teacher leader, Sparks was recognized by her fellow teachers and principal for her dedication and creative approach to learning and student engagement and her consistent willingness to make an extra effort.

Goad, who has served as the director of the middle school band program for the past five years, was recognized for partnering with the high school band director to spearhead “an explosion” in band participation.

Director of Schools John English and Middle School Principal Jordan Simmons commended Goad for the the band’s increase from 11 members when she began work at the middle school in 2013 to 160 members this school year.

English also noted the band’s “Excellence” rating at its last appearance at the Carowinds Middle School Band Competition, its appearances at a number of invitational events, and its annual growing number Honors Band students.

Lyle was unable to attend Thursday’s board meeting due to illness, leaving a review of her teaching accomplishments for a future meeting.

After a light business agenda that included the board’s approval of a two “mini bids” for networking equipment totaling $45,000, the American Cancer Society turned the tables to honor the board members for their role in the local fight against cancer.

Jessica Poff, Community Development Manager for the regional ACS office, presented the School Board with the Cancer Society’s Community Impact Award for a long list of ways in which the school system had assisted the Cancer Society in its efforts to increase cancer survival rates through education and helped the county’s annual Relay for Life raise $52,000 last year.

English told Poff the school system was proud to partner with the ACS in any way it can. And School Board Chairman Tyler Engle and Board member Glenn Fisher thanked Poff and the ACS for the recognition and the ACS’ work in the county.

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