Published: June 18, 2019


THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY THE NINE FINALISTS FOR THE 2019-2020 TENNESSEE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD.  THE FINALISTS REPRESENT EACH OF THE SIX CENTER OF REGIONAL EXCELLENCE AREAS IN THE STATE, WITH THREE FINALISTS IN EACH GRAND DIVISION.  GRAND DIVISION WINNERS INCLUDING THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR WILL BE SELECTED FROM THIS GROUP AND ANNOUNCED DURING AN HONORARY BANQUET THIS FALL, FOLLOWING A PANEL INTERVIEW WITH EACH FINALIST.  THE FINAL WINNER WILL REPRESENT TENNESSEE IN THE NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION AND SERVE AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR EDUCATION IN THE STATE THROUGHOUT THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL.  CANDIDATES MUST HAVE BEEN TEACHING FULL TIME FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS, HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF EXCEPTIONAL GAINS IN STUDENT LEARNING  AND BE EFFECTIVE SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.  MARY PACK, FROM LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL, IS ONE OF THE NINE FINALISTS, REPRESENTING THE SOUTH CENTRAL REGION IN THE MIDDLE TENNESSEE DIVISION.