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SCHS’s Lisa Stone deserving of state teaching award
Dec. 05, 2012 @ 12:02 AM

Sevier County’s public schools are fortunate to have many dedicated, conscientious and experienced teachers. Sometimes we see some emerge as giants among their peers. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year in 2009 was Cheryl Deaton, a fourth-grade teacher at Pigeon Forge Primary who has since retired. And now we have another local instructor honored statewide for her work.

The Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA) recently honored Lisa Stone, Sevier County High School Spanish teacher, with the annual Joyce Ward Teacher of the Year Award, which is presented to an outstanding K-12 foreign language teacher. It is a special recognition for a teacher beloved by her students at SCHS and effective in giving them the essentials of a foreign language.

Stone loves teaching, but she also loves being able to do more than just impart language lessons. She has been teaching Spanish for 16 years, 15 in the Sevier County system. She teaches grades 10-12.

Stone understandably was shocked when she was told about the award. Patt Webb, a colleague at SCHS who won this same award in 2010, gathered materials to use for Stone’s entry. “It was a major surprise when I found out,” Stone said.

Students sometimes don’t realize how fortunate they are to be taught by people who feel called to stand in front of a classroom of kids. Only later do many appreciate the value and lessons learned from those extra special instructors.

SCHS and the entire school system is lucky to have teachers like Lisa Stone. It’s nice to see the state agree.