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CCSD announces Teacher of the Year awards

The Cheatham County School District announced its school-level Teachers of the Year for the 2023-2024 academic year on Nov. 7.

“The Teacher of the Year program honors educators who exceed expectations to provide meaningful and rewarding learning experiences for our students,” the district wrote. “These are some of the most passionate, talented, dedicated, and selfless teachers.”

For South Cheatham County, the following teachers were selected for their dedication and passion to the students:

Kingston Springs Elementary School: Jennifer Crawford, Librarian

“This is my 27th year of being an educator,” Crawford said. “Twenty-four of those years have been spent at KSES. I was a classroom teacher for 21 years before earning my [master’s degree in library science] to be the school librarian.”

Jennifer Roberts, KSES Librarian / CCSD website

“I am very honored that I was chosen to represent KSES this year as the Teacher of the Year,” she continued, adding, “I work very hard to plan library lessons and school events that promote multiple types of literacy as well as support what the teachers are doing in their classrooms. I work with an amazing faculty and staff, and to me this recognition validates all that hard work.”

“Since becoming a librarian, my goal has been for the KSES library to be seen as a welcoming and relevant space. For me, the best proof that I am succeeding is when a student tells me that the library is their favorite special area class, even over P.E.,” Crawford said. “I look forward to continuing to foster a positive library experience for students and teachers at KSES.”

Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School: Lexi Boyd, 4th Grade Math

“This is my 6th school year as a teacher, my third at Pegram,” Boyd said. “I am currently the 4th grade math teacher.”

Lexi Boyd, PEFAMS 4th grade math / Lexi Boyd

“As a teacher still in the early years of my career, this is a huge accomplishment for me. I grew up in this community and graduated from Harpeth High School, and never thought I would be back teaching here, but I am so thankful for the opportunity,” she continued, adding, “I am the teacher I am today because of Pegram Elementary.”

“I have been given an environment that I can truly thrive in from my admin, team, and fellow teachers. I take pride in my classroom environment, teaching strategies, and the relationships I build with my students,” Boyd said. “To be recognized for something I am truly passionate about is a blessing. I am thankful for my school and this community!”

Harpeth Middle School: Jennifer Roberts, 7th Grade Math

Jennifer Roberts, HMS 7th grade math / Jennifer Roberts

“I am a 7th grade math teacher at HMS. I also teach a Spanish class during our exploratory related arts program,” Roberts said. “This is my 22nd year as an educator, all of which have been at HMS. I have taught 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade in our school. I love teaching at HMS!”

“Harpeth Middle School has so many talented, incredible educators,” she continued, adding, “I am truly honored to be chosen to represent our school. Our staff is a gifted bunch of individuals, who work amazingly hard and always support each other and help each other improve and reach goals every day.”

Harpeth High School: Taylor Crow, English

“I teach English Language Arts I and IV and Honors English,” Crow said. “I have been teaching for ten years, and I am going on my fourth year here at Harpeth High School.”

Taylor Crow, HHS english / HHS website

“This award is so meaningful to me because it was voted on by the senior class, as well as my colleagues,” she continued, adding, “I love teaching in this community! I am very lucky to have a job that I enjoy going to every day.”

The district-level Teachers of the Year from each academic level – elementary, middle and high school – will be announced at a later date.



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