Teacher award


Murfreesboro City Schools teacher Sarah Chumney was named runner-up for the state’s 2019 Teacher of the Year award.

The Tennessee Department of Education announced last week that the top award went to Brian McLaughlin, an algebra teacher at Morristown-Hamblen High School West in Hamblen County.

Chumney was one of nine teachers from across the state who were finalists, serving as one of three representatives from the Mid-Cumberland region (Middle Tennessee). Chumney teaches at Salem Elementary School but her nomination stemmed from her previous job at Cason Lane Academy, said Lisa Trail, MCS communications director.

The Salem Elementary website says Chumney teaches English as a Second Language (ESL).

Chumney is a military veteran with 13 years of classroom experience serving in ESL and Intervention, according to the Department of Education.

The nine Teacher of the Year state finalists will serve on the Teacher Advisory Council, the department said. This council acts as a group of teachers to provide feedback throughout the school year.

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