Williamson County Schools honored its 2015-16 Employees of the Year January 21 at a special ceremony in Franklin. The district rolled out the red carpet and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney thanked the employees for their service.
Each school selected a teacher to be recognized, and from there, the district selected a system-wide Teacher of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
This year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Lauren Baker of Clovercroft Elementary. Now in her eighth year with Williamson County Schools, Baker says she is motivated daily by her students.
“I enjoy being with the students,” said Baker, who teaches music at Clovercroft. “Seeing that love and response and especially watching them grow over six years is a true joy.”
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Grassland Middle school teacher Suzanne Lange was selected as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. She is in her eleventh year at GMS and says teaching has always been her passion.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” said Lange. “I enjoy students, and I enjoy being part of their lives. I think middle school is that quirky time in a person’s life when they really need good teachers.”
High School Teacher of the Year
Ravenwood High School economics teacher Daniel Hollandsworth was chosen as the High School Teacher of the Year. Hollandsworth is also the head coach for the Ravenwood High School golf team.
“My favorite part of teaching is, and always has been, the chance I get to watch my students grow,” said Hollandsworth. “Many times, as an economics teacher, I get to challenge students’ ability to analyze information. My students never cease to amaze me in how they learn the material.”
Classified Employees of the Year
The district also honored its Classified Employees of the Year, which included everyone from teacher assistants to maintenance workers. Employees were nominated for the honor by their individual school or department.
This year’s winners are Chapman’s Retreat Elementary Special Education Teacher Assistant Linda Meese, Brentwood Middle Teacher Assistant Angie McKee and Page High Secretary Carrie Baker-Vitucci.
Mary Beth Carroll
Barbara Gilmer-Smith, Sunset
Sarah Beth Stephenson
Leigh Ann Touloeisani
Prof. Developent Secretary
Student Support Services
Health Care Professional