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Knox County wins big in PTA awards

Knox County Council Parent Teacher Association and other Knoxville community leaders brought home 20 different state level PTA awards from the 96th Annual Tennessee PTA Conven-tion held in Chattanooga April 16-18.

The KCC PTA was represented at the convention by a delegation of nearly 20 individuals including Dr. James McIntyre, who was named Outstanding Superintendent in the state; Karen Carson, who was named Outstanding School Board Member and Tennessee state Sen. Tim Burchett, who was named Outstanding Legislator.

Knox County also celebrated the state’s Outstanding Teacher, Nancy Hullander of Cedar Bluff Elementary School. In addition, the Billy Foster Davis Award for the largest numerical membership increase in a region went to East Tennessee.

Hullander, who has been with Cedar Bluff schools for 29 years, said she was overwhelmed with the honor of being named Outstanding Teacher.

“I work with great outstanding people at Cedar Bluff, let alone the county and the state, so it was quite overwhelming,” she added.

Hullander began teaching at Cedar Bluff in the early 1970s. After taking a leave of absence to have her own children, she returned to Knox County Schools to work with the Talented and Gifted program, later returning to Cedar Bluff where she now teaches second grade.

“I also was a parent of students in Cedar Bluff schools, so I guess you could say I have always had my heart there,” she added.

Hullander said winning the award was a surprise.

“They had asked me if it would be alright if they nominated me, then they sent me a letter prior to the banquet saying I would be invited to the banquet, and that is when I knew,” she said.

“They have honored me with the banquet, a plaque and flowers and dinner to Arby’s,” Hullander added.

McIntyre felts honored to be selected as well.

“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized by the Tennessee P-T-A as the Outstanding Superintendent for 2009,” he said.

“Two of the things in my life of which I am most proud are being an educator and a dad. This makes this award all the more gratifying and meaningful to me as it comes from an organization of parents and teachers with an education support mission.

“I appreciate the support and confidence of the P-T-A and look forward to working with the members of that organization as we work to achieve our educational vision of excellence for all children.”

The convention is Tennessee’s premier leadership development event for PTA child advocacy groups across the state with workshops and activities focusing on engaging parents in schools and the health of their children. In addition to hosting a “Walk for Healthy Kids,” the event boasted a panel of speakers including actor David Keith and the National PTA President-elect and first male to serve in the role, Charles “Chuck” Saylors. In addition to the individual awards named, the council was pleased to place in the following categories: first-place, Citizenship; first-place, Founder’s Day Program; first-place, Health; first-place, Legislative; first-place, Most Creative Membership Campaign; second-place, Cultural Arts; second-place, Family Life and Parent Involvement; second-place, Newsletter; second-place, Programs; second-place, Safety; third-place, Public Relations; Largest Numerical Gain in a Council; Membership Increase Award and Council Award of Merit.


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