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History and world geography teacher Amy Sisk of Tullahoma High School has been named the Rural Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Rural Education Association (TREA), according to school officials.
Director of Tullahoma City Schools Dan Lawson made the announcement at an afternoon meeting on Wednesday, surprising Sisk with the honor.
“Amy will get a plaque, Amy will get a check and Amy will compete for the national Rural Teacher of the Year,” Lawson said to the crowd of her colleagues and friends.
A press release from TREA states Sisk was nominated by Wanda Shelton, the assistant director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents.
Shelton nominated Sisk due to her blended approach to education, the release said.
“She uses both traditional teaching methods such as lecture, projects, presentations and class discussion, but she also has clearly mastered using technology to make her class completely interactive,” Shelton said.
“When the traditional and the technological have been introduced to her students and they just begin to get comfortable, she [Sisk] goes the extra mile and introduces the unique,” she said.
Lawson described Sisk as an incredible teacher highly knowledgeable of her subject area, highly skilled in developing relationships with her students and peers and with an unlimited potential to positively change those around her.
“I am ecstatic to have Amy as a member of the TCS family and wish her only the best as she continues in the competition,” he said.
For her win, Sisk will receive a $500 check from TREA as well as a plaque commemorating the honor. She will also be automatically entered into the competition for the Monsanto Fund National Rural Teacher of the Year, presented by the National Rural Education Association.
Should she win the national competition, Sisk will receive a $2,000 honorarium as well as an additional $1,000 to purchase instructional materials and school supplies, according to the release.
According to Sisk, two of her “most memorable lessons” are a World War II bar fight story, which is a lesson in “experience before labels,” and the “schoolwide Harry S. Truman Trials, where every student has a significant role on stage in the THS theater.”
“The whole school is invited to come watch [the students’] research and performance,” Sisk said, and she also invites local judges and other members of the community to witness the performances.
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