Knox County teacher regional finalist for state Teacher of the Year

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn.(WVLT)--Wanda Lacy was recently awarded as the Knox County Schools’ High School Teacher of the Year. She has been with Knox County Schools for thirty years and currently teaches AP Calculus at Farragut High School.

97 percent of her students have earned college credit since 2007.

Lacy is a Lead teacher at her school and also assists with in-service training, most recently on Numeracy for the Common Core. She's also involved in the community.

She integrates ways to assist The Love Kitchen and Second Harvest Food Bank into her classes. Her 2007 class holds the school record by collecting 13,539 cans of food for Second Harvest.

Lacy founded the Farragut High Math Academy where she works with students and their mentors from community organizations such as ORNL, Alcoa Aluminum, and the University of Tennessee collaborate to further inspire students who are interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, engineering, science and/or technology.

She is among 27 regional finalists selected for the statewide competition. The pool of regional finalists will be narrowed to nine, then one finalist will be chosen to represent each of the three grand divisions of the state and The Tennessee Teacher of the Year will be selected from those three finalists.

The final winner will represent Tennessee in the National Teacher of the Year competition and is an ambassador for education throughout the year.

To qualify, candidates must have been teaching full-time for at least five years, have a proven record of using creative, research-based teaching strategies resulting in measurable achievement and be effective school and community leaders.

Also nominated from our area:

Renee Branham from Norris Elementary, Anderson County
Dennis Loveday at Jones Cove, Sevier County

Congratulations to all and good luck.

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