Tennessee Names 2013-14 Principal, Supervisor Of The Year

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Bedford County elementary school principal and a Cannon County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. 

Martha Fisher, principal of Cascade Elementary School in Bedford County, was named Tennessee’s 2013-14 Principal of the Year. She has served as principal at Cascade Elementary for the past six years, and spent nearly three decades working in education. 

Marcia Melton, supervisor of K-12 instruction in Cannon County, was named Tennessee’s 2013-14 Supervisor of the Year. Ms. Melton spent 22 years as a classroom teacher before spending the last 14 as a supervisor. 

Both awards were announced Tuesday during a statewide conference for education leaders. 

“In Tennessee, we are doing more to highlight successes in our education system and that includes recognizing strong leaders,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “We are grateful for what they have done to prioritize the needs of students and improve outcomes for kids.” 

The annual Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards recognize administrators who have helped build a better education for Tennessee students through their leadership, programs, and visions. Fisher and Melton were among nine principals and nine supervisors selected as regional finalists after being nominated by their peers for the title.

The winners for each grand division were also recognized Tuesday. 

Ms. Fisher was named the Tennessee Principal of the Year and Middle Grand Division Winner. Brian Norton, principal of Scotts Hill High School in Henderson County, was named the winner for the West Grand Division. Kelly Kiser, principal of Blythe-Bower Elementary in Cleveland City Schools, was named the winner for the East Grand Division. 

Ms. Melton was named the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year and Middle Grand Division winner. Debbie Doster, curriculum and instruction supervisor for grades 6-12 in Weakley County, was named the winner for the West Grand Division. Corey Gardenhour, director of curriculum and instruction, special education, and guidance services in Elizabethton City Schools, was named the winner for the East Grand Division. 

The Niswonger Foundation, based in Greeneville, has sponsored this year’s awards, providing cash prizes to the winners and finalists. 

For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at 615/532-7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov

Collegiate High Students Named Commended Students

Dr. Sonja Rich, principal of Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, announced that Alyssa Collyer and Zachary Brown have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, was presented by Dr. Rich to Ms. Collyer and Mr. Brown. ... (click for more)

Kappa Delta Pi Honors Four Local Educators

The Lee University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for educators, recognized four local teachers for their demonstration of excellence in the classroom. The ceremony was held in the Helen DeVos College of Education on Lee’s campus.   The ceremony highlighted the impact these educators have had in their classrooms. Each was presented with a pin and ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on scene.   No suspect information is available at ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)