Amy Gaskins, a fourth-grade teacher, has been named the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year at Norwood Elementary School in Oliver Springs.
Gaskins has been teaching at Norwood, which are part of Anderson County Schools, since 2006. She taught first grade for six years, and this is her second year teaching fourth grade.
In addition to teaching, Gaskins in the coordinator for the UTrust program, sponsor of The National Junior Beta Club, and co-sponsor of the Spelling Bee Club, a press release said.
She was selected as a study participant by The University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center to participate in a study to generate best practices for math instruction in the middle grades, the press release said. The study is endorsed by the Tennessee Department of Education and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It is designed to identify and share information about best math instructional practices that are linked to student achievement, identify ways that schools can support teachersâ€™ use of best instructional practices, and help the state improve the quality of feedback and professional development provided to teachers.
Gaskins was a previous winner of this same honor in 2010.
“Congratulations to Mrs. Gaskins on this special honor,” the press release said.