Nancy Miles, a third-grade teacher at South Side Elementary, has been named one of nine finalists for 2017-2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Miles has seventeen years of experience in Johnson City Schools. She began her career as a multi-age teacher at Woodland Elementary.
“What a privilege it is to represent such a fine school system as Johnson City Schools and the First Tennessee Core region,” said Miles. “It has always been a pleasure to serve children and work with top-notch educators every day. I don't know of any other profession that, on any given day, impacts the lives of children as educators are able to do.”
Dr. Richard Bales, school superintendent, said the award is very deserving. “It’s hard to name anything quite so important to a student’s success as the influence of a truly excellent teacher,” Bales said. “Our district wishes Nancy the best as she competes for the state’s top educator award.”
To qualify, 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. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year will be selected and announced during an honorary banquet this fall.