NASHVILLE – A Metro Nashville Public Schools teacher known for her communication and leadership skills was named the 2017-18 Tennessee Teacher of the Year during the annual honorary banquet on Thursday night.
Cicely Woodard, an eighth-grade mathematics teacher at West End Middle School in Nashville, is the recipient of this year's top honor. Woodard has been teaching for 13 years in Tennessee.
As Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Woodard will become a main ambassador for teachers in the state, serving as Tennessee's representative in the National Teacher of the Year Program.
The nine Teacher of the Year state finalists, who represent all regions in the state, serve on the Teacher Advisory Council during the 2017-18 school year. Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences teacher Kristin Burrus is among the nine finalists.
The council acts as a working group of expert teachers to provide feedback and inform the work of the department throughout the school year.