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Blalock named Middle Tennessee's top teacher
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Pictured, from left, are Clark George, Christie Allison, Erin Blalock, and Grant Swallows.

Erin Blalock can say she’s the best teacher in Middle Tennessee.

Blalock was named Middle Tennessee Division Teacher of the Year on Tuesday night in Nashville, punctuating what’s been an award-filled year for her.

Blalock was named Warren County High School Teacher of the Year in February and then Upper Cumberland Teacher of the Year. She teaches medical therapeutics and clinical internships in the WCHS Health Science Career and Technical Education department. She was a registered nurse for 16 years and has been teaching for five.

“I love what I do and I love my students,” said Blalock after winning WCHS Teacher of the Year in February. “I have had so many people that have helped me grow and learn in this profession and I am so grateful for all of them.”

At Tuesday’s Department of Education event, Morgan Rankin was named Teacher of the Year for the entire state. She is a second-grade teacher at South Side School in Johnson City.

Blalock was one of three grand division winners. Brianne Matheney won the honor for West Tennessee. She is a high school English teacher at Chester County High School.

Sheron Smith won the honor for East Tennessee. She is a second-grade teacher at Arnold Memorial Elementary in Cleveland.

Erin credited her husband, Jason, and their three kids for pushing her every day to be better. In addition to teaching, she is the WCHS volleyball coach.