Lifetime of Learning: Murfreesboro Teachers of the Year

by Christy Howard Womack

Dr. Tammy Garrett, Principal; Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools; Meredith Gilliland, District Teacher of the Year; her daughter Addie Gilliland; and Collier Smith, School Board Member

Dr. Tammy Garrett, Principal; Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools; Meredith Gilliland, District Teacher of the Year; her daughter Addie Gilliland; and Collier Smith, School Board Member

Murfreesboro City Schools is proud to announce the 2016 Teachers of the Year. Teachers from each school were nominated for the prestigious education award given by the Tennessee Department of Education. The 2016 System Level recipients for Murfreesboro City Schools are Julie Parish, Kindergarten Teacher at Reeves-Rogers Elementary; and Meredith Gilliland, Fifth Grade Teacher at Hobgood Elementary.

Building Level Teacher of the Year recipients include:

School
Black Fox Elementary
Bradley Academy
Mitchell-Neilson School
Scales Elementary
Hobgood Elementary
Cason Lane Academy
Erma Siegel Elementary
Overall Creek Elementary
Discovery School    
Northfield Elementary
John Pittard Elementary
Reeves-Rogers Elementary

K-4
Deeann Stephens
Stephanie Turner    
Rachel Prater
Beverly Soapes
Cheri Purdie
Carrie Smith
Rachel Haynes
Jennifer DeFere
Jenny Newsome
Mary Orcutt
Spring Harris
Julie Parrish

Grades 5-6
Sanita Smith
Rebecca Few
Matt Clarady
Xan Laskco
Meredith Gilliland
Elizabeth Shepherd
Angela Pope
Luke Hill
Charlotte Young
Kelley Ruth
Kenne McWhorter
Erin Lebo

“It is a pleasure to recognize and celebrate exceptionally skilled educators,” says Linda Gilbert, MCS Director of Schools. “These recipients are passionate about their work and the children they serve. They personify the definition of an exemplary educator.”

Teacher of the Year nominees are selected by their peers and must meet selection criteria. An important qualification in being selected as Teacher of the Year is the ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. The teachers will be honored on March 15 at Oaklands Historic House and Museum.

The Tennessee Teacher of the Year program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers, to stimulate interest in teaching as a career, and to encourage public involvement in education. Murfreesboro City Schools is a district of twelve schools committed to the academic and personal success of each child. For additional information about the 2016 Teachers of the Year or other programs, please visit www.cityschools.net.

Laurie Offutt, Principal; Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools; Julie Parrish, District Teacher of the Year; and Collier Smith, School Board Member

Laurie Offutt, Principal; Dr. Linda Gilbert, Director of Schools; Julie Parrish, District Teacher of the Year; and Collier Smith, School Board Member

Kindergarten Registration
The Murfreesboro City Schools district will be holding registration for their preschool and Kindergarten programs during the months of April and May.

Kindergarten: Registration for students entering kindergarten will occur May 5 and 6. Students who will be five years old by August 15, 2016 may register at their zoned school from bell time to 5 pm on May 5 and during regular school hours on May 6.  To find a child’s zoned school and bell times parents may visit www.cityschools.net. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and verification of their address to their zoned school during enrollment.

Preschool: Parents interested in the Ruth Bowdoin Preschool program may register their child(ren) on Thursdays only from April 7 through 21, between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.  Enrollment into the free program is open to children who are zoned for a Murfreesboro City School and are four years old, on or before August 15, 2016. Preschool registration will be held at Murfreesboro City Schools Central office, 2552 S. Church Street. Parents choosing to use Rover may use the Warrior and S. Church bus stop to access the central office.

Preschool applications are available online and will also be available on-site during registration hours. Parents are strongly encouraged to view the application requirements and gather all applicable documentation before attending a registration session. Parents may also be asked to select a time for their child(ren) to return for testing on May 6th as part of the application process.

Parents must complete an application, bring proof of address in the form of bills no more than 60 days old, a copy of the child’s official birth certificate, a copy of the child’s Social Security card and appropriate documentation.

Enrollment in the Voluntary Pre-K program is based upon a child’s eligibility. Available space in each school system is limited and is based on the funding awarded each year through a grant process. Parents will receive a letter in June informing them of their child’s acceptance.

Murfreesboro City Schools Recognized for Teacher Support
Teacher.org analyzed 107 school districts in Tennessee and Murfeesboro City Schools has been ranked as the 5th best for Teacher Support in the state. Complete Tennessee rankings can be viewed at http://www.teacher.org/state/tennessee/#school-districts.

Tennessee school districts were assessed on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers. Some criteria included: class size, administrator and support staff availability, and student proficiency levels.