Read about award winners and finalists.
Julie Bowman was predestined to become a teacher, she says. Her maternal grandparents were both teachers, her aunts were teachers, even her mother was a school teacher.
When Ruth Maxwell walks her class down the hall to the Nolan Elementary School cafeteria, she holds up a bathroom plunger for all to see.
Teacher is Amy Milliken’s title, but it doesn’t limit what she does
There was only one thing Michelle Bettis ever dreamed about.
For Mary Dennis’ 7th graders at East Hamilton Middle High School, geography is much more than maps.
Scottie Caldwell is doing what she loves — teaching.
In his mind, Martel Smith sees the reason he graduated this year as simple. It’s the same reason he’s stayed out of trouble and the same reason he’ll go to college in the fall.
Standing in an apron before her class of mostly high school seniors, Donna Taheri’s goal is to make sure her students can cook more than ramen noodles when they start college this fall.
Once they’ve read Romeo and Juliet, ninth graders in Carmen Veller’s English class begin a project to help synthesize what they’ve been reading.
A group of about 40 students sits in the East Lake Academy library, eating cake with teachers and parents while classical music plays in the background.
Anetta Ferguson enjoyed early retirement from school administration in the summer of 2009 — for about four months.
Ooltewah High School Principal Mark Bean was far from his office the day he came up with his school’s slogan.
John Champagne may never have thought about his last name, but the Signal Mountain school bus driver lives up to it.
Typically, Tracey Freeman’s classroom wouldn’t be a place most students at Lookout Valley High School would want to find themselves.
Patrick Smiley wakes up at 4:30 each morning and arrives to do his daily duties at East Ridge Elementary School.
Few Hamilton County educators have touched more lives than Catherine Neely.
George Ricks didn’t graduate from Howard School of Academics and Technology, although he did attend the South Chattanooga school during two years of middle school.
Clarence Shattuck credits his education at Soddy-Daisy High School to landing the job he has today — a Hamilton County Sessions Court judge.
Randy Hale and a class of Red Bank High Schoolers helped save lives this semester.
Books about shiny vampire love and post-apocalyptic teenage gladiators are all the rage right now for the under-18 crowd, but Jessica Holloway wants more than that for her students.
Just two days before school was to start last summer, Dalewood Middle School teacher Tracy Davis realized she didn’t have the supplies for the new class to which she was assigned.