Three local teachers were honored Friday as the 2014 Hamilton County Teachers of the Year.
This year's winners are Lisa Steele from Ooltewah Elementary School, Kathee Jones from Nolan Elementary School and Tiffany Williams from Tyner Academy.
The trio was treated to lunch at The Chattanoogan. All three teachers now are competing at the regional level.
"It is very special when we honor outstanding teachers for their dedication to our students. The greatest asset any school system can have is outstanding teachers," Stacey Roddy said in a news release.
Roddy, director of elementary math and science, coordinates the awards.
"We know from research that teacher effectiveness is directly related to improving student achievement. These three teachers have dedicated themselves to the success of their students, and they deserve this recognition and so much more."
Steele, who has taught for 32 years, is a grade-level leader, has presented at numerous workshops and has been named a Highly Effective Teacher and a Hamilton County Education Association Teacher of the Year.
Jones, who has 22 years of teaching experience, is a robotics and science Olympiad coach, serves on the Superintendent's Teacher Advisory Committee and was selected as Nolan Elementary's Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2014 and the Nolan PTA Teacher of the Year in 2013.
Williams, who has taught for nine years, was Tyner Academy's 2014 Teacher of the Year. She is the BETA club sponsor, science academy adviser and has completed advance placement training for English language and composition courses.