Juvenile Court Judge Kenlyn Foster reflected on the many educators who shaped her life when they walked into their classrooms, as she delivered the keynote speech Tuesday night at Blount County Schools’ Excellence in Education Banquet.
A 1986 graduate of Heritage High School, Foster recalled James Goodson, who inspired her creativity, Dorothy Petree, who taught her how to write, and Terri Bradshaw who taught her the value of being practical. She remembered Alan Martin, who threw a rock against a classroom wall to demonstrate Newton’s First Law of Motion, and Jane Pesterfield, who tried —unsuccessfully — to teach Foster to adopt neatness as a habit, among other teachers who shaped her life. Benny Dalton taught her the value of community, Foster said, and she remembered the late John Davis Jr., “who taught me what it means to be a member of a school family.”
During the banquet at Heritage High School, Blount County Schools
honored dozens of teachers representing each school, as well as
classified staff, administrators and alumni. Three Blount County
educators honored as 2015 Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for
the honor of Tennessee Teacher of the Year:
Technology Innovators of the Year are Courtney Stewart, Melissa Bennett, Halle Timpson and Jeff Nuchols.
Amy Beth Miller-The Daily Times