Teachers of the Year for Shelby County schools to be honored at April 24 reception

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce hosting annual Teacher Appreciation Reception

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m.

The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts. The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.

This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.

The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:


Center Christian Academy – Karen Mayo


F.L. Moffett Primary School – Jessica Belrose

Center Elementary School – Kirstin Turner

Center Intermediate School – Beth Nichols

Center Middle School – Pamela Doggett

Center High School – Michele Whiddon

Roughrider Academy - Erica Klei


Excelsior ISD – Sonya Nutt


Joaquin Elementary School – Monica Smith

Joaquin Junior High School – Mary Hovey

Joaquin High School – Brett Gaylord


S.W. Carter Elementary – Jason McDonald

Shelbyville Middle School – Bailee Rash

Shelbyville High School – Brooke Harrison


Tenaha Elementary School – Carrie Jenkins

Tenaha Middle/High School – Tammy Hamilton


Timpson Elementary – Melanie Sanford

Timpson Middle School – Kendra Welch

Timpson High School – Darlene Therwhanger


Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. Silver Sponsors are Dr. James Hockenberry, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Ray Jones Chevrolet.

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