Williamson County Schools honored its 2016-17 Employees of the Year February 2 at a special ceremony in Franklin. The district rolled out the red carpet and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney thanked the employees for their service.
Each school selected a teacher to be recognized, and from there, the district selected a system-wide Teacher of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
This year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Sarah Roberts. Roberts teaches fourth grade at Pearre Creek Elementary and says she loves the unpredictability of her job.
“As a teacher, every day is new and different,” said Roberts. “You never know exactly what you’re going to walk into. You’ve got some control over the intent of your standards, but other than that it’s a response to the kids and how they respond to you, and there’s such an engagement piece to that.”
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Brentwood Middle School teacher Nathan Cummings was selected as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. Now in his sixth year with Williamson County, Cummings teaches eighth grade American history. He says the best part of his job is working with students.
“I enjoy seeing the kids learn,” said Cummings. “For more, that’s the whole point of teaching. It’s about seeing the light bulb go off and being there when it happens.”
High School Teacher of the Year
Ravenwood High School teacher Kristi Neuroth was chosen as the High School Teacher of the Year. Neuroth teaches geography and says she enjoys introducing students to new places.
“I love that teaching lets you be a curious person, and you get to encourage other people to be curious,” said Neuroth. “I love teaching geography because the world changes every single day.”
Classified Employees of the Year
The district also honored its Classified Employees of the Year, which included everyone from teacher assistants to maintenance workers. Employees were nominated for the honor by their individual school or department.
This year’s winners are Lipscomb Elementary School bookkeeper Sally Auville, Brentwood Middle School bookkeeper Kelly Montague and Centennial High School counseling secretary Hilda Lloyd.