Cleveland City Schools educator receives regional award, and other education news this week

Staff file photo by Paul Leach / The administration building of Cleveland City Schools is in Cleveland, Tenn.
Staff file photo by Paul Leach / The administration building of Cleveland City Schools is in Cleveland, Tenn.

Cleveland City Schools educator receives regional school health coordinator award

Laura Hudson of Cleveland City Schools has been named the 2021 Southeast Tennessee Regional School Health Coordinator of the Year.

The award is given based on performance in eight areas including responsiveness to student needs and staff needs, teamwork, effective use of funds and development and implementation of programs within the eight components of coordinated school health.

"Laura is very deserving of this honor. Her willingness to collaborate with others, coordinate with our school nurses and communicate well has been an integral part of Cleveland City Schools' success in this unprecedented year," said school district director Russell Dyer in a statement.

"We are proud of her and know that this honor is well deserved," he said.

Hudson is in her third year as coordinator of school health and formerly taught physical education in the school district.

Kids First Coupon Book accepting applications

The 2021-22 edition of the Kids First Coupon Book is accepting applications from local businesses.

The book provides discounts and offers at local businesses such as attractions, restaurants and retailers. In September, sales of the $10 book will take place through Hamilton County elementary schools.

Application submissions are due May 1, and the application can be found on the Kids First Coupon Book website. For more information, contact or call 423-498-7212.

EdTech Awards finalists include two Chattanooga educators

Two Chattanooga educators, Greg Bagby and Julie Daniel Davis, were finalists in this year's EdTech Awards.

Bagby, coordinator of instructional technology with Hamilton County Schools, was a finalist in the category of school leader. Davis, an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and creator of the podcast "Voice in Education," was a finalist in the category of educator setting a trend.

The EdTech Awards come via EdDigest, a publication focused on the intersection of technology and education. The awards recognize educators and companies in K-12, higher education and the workforce.

Tennessee Department of Education opens applications for second round of Grow Your Own grants

The Tennessee Department of Education has announced $2 million for its second round of Grow Your Own grants, which will be divided evenly among 20 education preparation programs.

The Grow Your Own program encourages partnerships between the programs and local school districts to train and hire more teachers. In the first round of grants, partnerships formed between seven education preparation programs and 37 school districts.

"The department's Grow Your Own program helps to develop strong local partnerships that ensure Tennessee's future teachers have streamlined, no-cost pathways to becoming a professional educator in the classroom, and that children across the state - regardless of where they live, what grade they're in or what subject area they're studying - have highly qualified teachers that represent them and their communities," said state Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a statement.

The application deadline for interested programs is May 7, and more information is available on the department's website.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at or 423-757-6592.