Williamson County Schools rolled out the red-carpet January 15 for the 2019-20 Employee of the Year Celebration in Franklin.

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. These teachers will now be in competition for regional and state honors.

Elementary School Teacher of the Year

This year’s overall Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Jaimee Dresdner from Scales. As a math coach, Dresdner says she enjoys getting to work with students from all grade levels.

“I love that every day is different, fun and exciting,” Dresdner said. “I am humbled and honored to represent an amazing school district, and I’m lucky to work at the best school ever.”

Middle School Teacher of the Year

This year’s overall Middle School Teacher of the Year is Fairview language arts teacher Alex Young. For Young, the best part of her job is the interaction she has with students.

“I never go home without an amazing story,” Young said. “It’s never boring. I love the stories my students have, the smiles on their faces, the light bulb moments, the high-fives and the fist bumps. It really is the best job.”

High School Teacher of the Year

This year’s overall High School Teacher of the Year is Tim Sawyer of Centennial. He says it’s an honor to be mentioned among such fantastic educators.

“I am humbled,” said Sawyer. “I wouldn’t have won this without the tremendous support I’ve received. That includes the students I’ve taught who are now teachers and administrators themselves. Truth is, I’ve learned more from them than they’ve ever learned from me.”

Classified Employees of the Year

The district also honored its Classified Employees of the Year who were nominated by their individual departments.

This year’s Classified Employees of the Year are Hillsboro School’s D’Ann McAlister, Grassland Middle’s Martha Hall and Fairview High’s Kandi Groves.

Listed below are the Teachers and Employees of the Year from each school and district department.

Departmental Employees of the Year

Sparkle Smith
Sparkle SmithSocial Services Specialist
Kara Solano
Kara SolanoCentral Office
Gail Davis
Gail DavisFood Services
Leslie Hammon
Leslie HammonHealth Care Professional
Duane Kazee
Duane KazeeInformation Technology
Jeremy Chapdelaine
Jeremy ChapdelaineMaintenance
Christa Williams
Christa WilliamsTransportation
Johannah Fredrick
Johannah FredrickPre-K/EC Specialized Employees
Clairann Vaughan
Clairann VaughanSchool Age Child Care
Ann Ferree
Ann FerreeStudent Support Services
Anna Hannigan
Anna HanniganSubstitute Teacher

Elementary School Classified Employees of the Year

Melissa Newell
Melissa NewellAllendale
Josh Ward
Josh WardBethesda
Raffaella Cervera
Raffaella CerveraChapman's Retreat
Angela De Benitez
Angela De BenitezClovercroft
Marsha Huntsman
Marsha HuntsmanCollege Grove
Berenda Buzzell
Berenda BuzzellCreekside
Bob Kopecky
Bob KopeckyCrockett
Emily Moore
Emily MooreEdmondson
Marie Plank
Marie PlankFairview
Kathi Katina
Kathi KatinaGrassland
Amanda Harwell
Amanda HarwellHeritage
D'Ann McAlister
D'Ann McAlisterHillsboro
Wendy Carnes
Wendy CarnesHunters Bend
Karyn Meucci
Karyn MeucciJordan
Ashley Preston
Ashley PrestonKenrose
Dawne Pascoe
Dawne PascoeLipscomb
Valerie Ndiaye
Valerie NdiayeLongview
Kacey Noland
Kacey NolandMill Creek
Melanie Moyer
Melanie MoyerNolensville
Vanessa McCain
Vanessa McCainOak View
Carolyn DeMarco
Carolyn DeMarcoPearre Creek
Leigh Ann Touloeisaani
Leigh Ann TouloeisaaniScales
Amy Bruno-Whelan
Amy Bruno-WhelanSunset
Emily Garcia
Emily GarciaThompson's Station
Jean Cronin
Jean CroninTrinity
Julie Johnson
Julie JohnsonWalnut Grove
Haley Barnes
Haley BarnesWestwood
Susan Picataggio
Susan PicataggioWinstead

Elementary School Teachers of the Year

Jennifer King
Jennifer KingAllendale
Elizabeth Pittsley
Elizabeth PittsleyBethesda
Lisa Turner
Lisa TurnerChapman's Retreat
Sandy Cooper
Sandy CooperClovercroft
Katie Evans
Katie EvansCollege Grove
Kristin Hullett
Kristin HullettCreekside
Vicki Lang
Vicki LangCrockett
Laura Pullen
Laura PullenEdmondson
Jonathan Ullrich
Jonathan UllrichFairview
Angela Whitson
Angela WhitsonGrassland
Patricia Grider
Patricia GriderHeritage
Jozi Crowe
Jozi CroweHillsboro
Kelly Pekovitch
Kelly PekovitchHunters Bend
Daniel Foshee
Daniel FosheeJordan
Meaghan Mahoney
Meaghan MahoneyKenrose
Nicole Pengal
Nicole PengalLipscomb
Laura Brady
Laura BradyLongview
Donovan Caballero
Donovan CaballeroMill Creek
Michelle Bates
Michelle BatesNolensville
Heather Vining
Heather ViningOak View
Meg Harding
Meg HardingPearre Creek
Jaimee Dresdner
Jaimee DresdnerScales
Stacey Jadwin
Stacey JadwinSunset
Leslie Varden
Leslie VardenThompson's Station
Laura Flores
Laura FloresTrinity
Kathleen Wimberly
Kathleen WimberlyWalnut Grove
Beverly Purvis
Beverly PurvisWestwood
Catherine Grasham
Catherine GrashamWinstead

Middle School Classified Employees of the Year

Connie Rich
Connie RichBrentwood
Carrie Coleman
Carrie ColemanFairview
Martha Hall
Martha HallGrassland
Christina Iannelli
Christina IannelliHeritage
Dixie Livingston
Dixie LivingstonMill Creek
Amy Layne
Amy LaynePage
Natalie Miller
Natalie MillerSpring Station
Christi Goodman
Christi GoodmanSunset
Elizabeth Duryea
Elizabeth DuryeaThompson's Station
Dawn Burke
Dawn BurkeWoodland

Middle School Teachers of the Year

Katherine Siskind
Katherine SiskindBrentwood
Alexandra Young
Alexandra YoungFairview
Thomas Koehler
Thomas KoehlerGrassland
Benjamin Poore
Benjamin PooreHeritage
James Shelton
James SheltonHillsboro
Ellen Ives
Ellen IvesMill Creek
Molly Bolewski
Molly BolewskiPage
Darnell Spann
Darnell SpannSpring Station
Jared Turner
Jared TurnerSunset
Kara Sklenka
Kara SklenkaThompson's Station
Kimberly Ready
Kimberly ReadyWoodland

High School Classified Employees of the Year

Christi Moore
Christi MooreBrentwood
Cheryl Lenderman
Cheryl LendermanCentennial
Kandi Groves
Kandi GrovesFairview
Tucker Cathey
Tucker CatheyFranklin
LeaAnn Smith
LeaAnn SmithIndependence
Emily Anderson
Emily AndersonNolensville
Carrie Vitucci
Carrie VitucciPage
Debra Zinger
Debra ZingerRavenwood
Linda Samuels
Linda SamuelsSummit

High School Teachers of the Year

Lisa Dawn Schwartz
Lisa Dawn SchwartzAlternative Learning Center
Teresa Ashcraft
Teresa AshcraftBrentwood
Tim Sawyer
Tim SawyerCentennial
Jeff Myers
Jeff MyersFairview
Lara Barker
Lara BarkerFranklin
Jared Grindstaff
Jared GrindstaffIndependence
Bridgette Fisher
Bridgette FisherNolensville
Kathy Dye
Kathy DyePage
Elise Dirkes-Jacks
Elise Dirkes-JacksRavenwood
Joylynn Patton
Joylynn PattonRenaissance
Elizabeth Saliga
Elizabeth SaligaSummit