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Three are Teachers of the Year
Morrison first-grade teacher Angie Childers.

It’s been said a good teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
The Warren County School System is recognizing three of its top educators as Teacher of the Year honors have been awarded for 2015-16.
The recipients are Morrison first-grade teacher Angie Childers, Irving College fifth-grade teacher Heather Williamson, and WCHS math teacher Lucretia Brown.
One Teacher of the Year honoree is selected in each of the three grade categories: PreK-4, grades 5-8, and high school.
“These honorees exemplify the highest standards in education,” said Autumn Turner, director of teaching and learning for preK-6.
Childers has been teaching for 24 years. It was noted she is well-respected by her peers, students, and parents of her students.
“I’ve always taught first grade and I just love that age,” said Childers. “They are so excited about learning and so eager to please. They have so much energy and everything is new. They start to figure out learning to read gives them independence.”
In addition to this local honor, Childers was also selected as Upper Cumberland Teacher of the Year for her grade category. Childers was chosen for this regional award by a committee of educators from the Upper Cumberland region, beating out other system-level honorees from 15 surrounding counties.
Childers is currently in the grand division and state level Teacher of the Year competition.
Williamson was selected as the Warren County Teacher of the Year for grades 5-8. She’s a 15-year teacher who is in her first year at Irving College. She’s previously taught at Hickory Creek and Bobby Ray.
“I enjoy it because it’s always something different every day,” said Williamson of classroom life.
Williamson has held numerous leadership roles including serving as a mentor teacher, ESL lead teacher, school-level director for the AIMS after-school program, and serving on the MTSU Leadership Board for the ESL Enterprise Project.
Additionally, her work has been published in the TNTESOL Journal, and the Tennessee Educational Leadership Journal.
Lucretia Brown, a 20-year teacher, wins the honor at the high school level. She teaches advanced math courses such as pre-calculus and AP calculus.
“Real-world experiences work best to keep students engaged,” said Brown. “We’ve done things like cook a bunt cake to find its volume and then we’ll eat the bunt cake. It always helps when you can eat your math project.”
Brown also teaches an ACT prep class. She said the standardized test is crucial because a strong score can get a student into a top-level college and also earn them scholarship dollars.
“Our kids are some of the best and brightest,” said Brown. “This year we had a student score a perfect 36 on the ACT and in year’s past we’ve had scores of 32, 33 and 34. We are producing some smart students right here.”
Brown has held several school-level and system-level leadership roles, including serving on the Warren County Schools Collaborative Conferencing Committee, leading school-level professional development, and leading the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa through her service in several of the group’s executive offices.