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TPTE Alumni Well Represented in Knox County Schools 2020 Teachers of the Year

Written by Kristin Rearden, clinical professor of STEM education / science and Anthony Pellegrino, associate professor of social science education

We all know the tremendous and positive impact teachers who graduate from the Department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education (TPTE) have on their students, their schools, and their communities. For additional evidence, look no further than the fact many graduates of TPTE programs earned the honor of being their school’s 2020 teacher of the year (see list below). We are so proud of their work! 

First Name Last Name School Licensure Area  Program completion date
Becca Henry Fulton High School English 6-12 and ESL 2017
Claudette Powell Sarah Moore Greene Elementary Elementary, K-6 2009
David Leonard Gibbs Elementary Elementary, 1-8 2002
Dennis Groenke Whittle Springs Middle School Elementary, K-8 2005
Erin Kapp Amherst Elementary Elementary, K-8 2006
Franda James Fulton High School Special Education 2007
Gretchen Johnson East Knox County Elementary Special Education 2015
Hali Boland Fulton High School History 6-12 2017
Heather Story Karns Middle School Elementary, K-8 2003
Hillary Limback Powell High School Mathematics 2013
Jill Woods Ball Camp Elementary Elementary, K-6 2007
Joseph Hodge Austin-East High School Special Education 2018
Karen Horton Cedar Bluff Middle School Special Education 2019-2020 year, JEP
Laura Mitchell Farragut Primary ESL and Elementary,
Michelle Casini West High School Spanish 2007
Monica Edmonds Halls Elementary Elementary, 1-8 2003
Ryan Linger Farragut High School German 6-12 2018
Sara Groover Carter High School Mathematics 7-12 2016
Scott Clark Powell High School Elementary, 1-8 2003
Tiffany Johnson Farragut High School Elementary K-5 and Special Education 2017
Tiffany Collins Green Magnet Academy Elementary, K-8 2006