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WVMS teacher is Distinguished Classroom winner


An eighth-grade social studies teacher at West Valley Middle School is one of three recipients of the 2005-06 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award.

Karen T. Peterman was nominated by the Knox County Education Association and recognized for this award at the Tennessee Education Association annual Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held May 6 at the TEA headquarters in Nashville.

Peterman received two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She later went on to earn her Master’s degree from the same institution. Peterman has been teaching at West Valley Middle for six years and is the department chair.

“As a history teacher, what I read, what I watch on television, even where I vacation are all geared toward strengthening my skills and broadening my knowledge base,” Peterman said.

“She is an outstanding educator, who presents educational material in a interesting way, which makes it fun for the students to learn,” said Dr. Bill Wilson, principal for West Valley Middle School.

She is innovative and dynamic in the classroom, infusing her students with motivation and instilling within them an (appetite) for the joy of learning,” said former administrator Dr. Patricia H. Ubben.

“The excitement of her class helps me get through the day,” added former student Jake Poulson.

 

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