Written by Amelia Morrison Hipps
April 19, 2016

Lori-Scott-Teacher-of-the-Month-MJ-High-March-2016LEBANON, TENN. — The March Teacher of the Month award bestowed by Wilson County Schools and the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce was English teacher Lori Scott at Mt. Juliet High School.

According to Mt. Juliet High School Principal Mel Brown, “Mrs. Scott has all the attributes and characteristics of an effective teacher. She is admired and respected by her peers, her students, and parents as well.”

Brown wrote in his recommendation that Scott “holds students to high standards, both academically and behaviorally. Her students describe her as a tough teacher, and yet they describe her class as fun.”

The club advisor for the Interact Club, Brown described Scott as “a leader.”

“She serves as a mentor for both new teachers and veteran teachers in the English department,” Brown said. “As Department Chair, she provides quality feedback for teachers and assists them in continuous improvement.

“Lori Scott is an exceptional teacher and is very deserving of recognition for a job well done,” Brown wrote in his recommendation.

The new Teacher of the Month Award is one that will honor teachers who “demonstrate hard work and commitment to their students,” explained Dr. Kate Burgun, supervisor of instruction for grades nine-12.

Burgun explained that each month Wilson County Schools’ supervisors ask principals to submit the name of one teacher who has demonstrated hard work and commitment to their students as their school’s Teacher of the Month.

“We also ask principals to write an explanation of why they selected this teacher,” Burgun explained. “Then, Wilson County Schools’ supervisors review the schools’ submissions and select one teacher to be Wilson County Schools and Lebanon/Wilson Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Month.”

Supervisors included in the selection process are Burgun, Deputy Director of Academics Monty Wilson, Supervisor of Instruction Grades Kindergarten-Five Yvonne Smith, Supervisor of Middle Schools Grades Six-Eight Angela Rohen, Supervisor of Testing and Accountability Jennifer Cothron, and CTE Supervisor Bill Moss.

Melanie Minter, president of the chamber, said the organization was “thrilled” when asked to partner with the school system on this honor.

“We believe in education and in the teachers who work so hard day-in and day-out. We are so happy to be a part of this, and we look forward to more partnerships like this in the future,” said Minter.

Burgun said the school system wanted to partner with the chamber to award the
Teacher of the Month “because we want our teachers to know that not only does Wilson County Schools appreciate their dedication to students, but that the Wilson County community values their hard work as well.”