Mike Laughrey: Recipe for Success

Dresden Elementary The main reason for our success at Dresden Elementary is the school wide culture that we have created. We are a medium size Pre-k – Fourth grade serving approximately 500 students in a rural area. We are a Title 1 school with 80% of our students on free or reduced lunch. This scenario presents many challenges. Our philosophy is “The best part of the day for the majority of our students is when they are at … Read More

JB Smith: Recipe for Success

Bridgeforth Middle School The Bridgeforth Middle School family believes that high achievement is the result of high standards and expectations.  These expectations begin at the top with Principal, Mr. J. B. Smith, III, and continue with teachers and students.  Constant monitoring of a myriad of components creates a feeling of unity among our school community and a desire for every single student to reach his or her potential. The key to our success is having a strong administrative … Read More

Joe Thompson: Recipe for Success

Black Fox Elementary Theodore Roosevelt said it best “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Black Fox cares! It shows everyday in the classrooms with a wonderful and powerful positive environment that is safe and conducive to learning and is the platform for our success. We evaluate every student in the school on both their academic and social/ emotional needs in monthly meetings with teachers, staff and Central Office personnel. It … Read More

Tammy Hoover: Recipe for Success

Baxter Elementary I truly believe that there is no greater profession than that of teaching, molding young minds and spirits.  As principal of an elementary school that serves 64.92% of students who are economically disadvantaged, I am extremely proud and honored to receive this award. Every school has its own story to tell.  At Baxter Elementary, we believe students are unique individuals with different learning styles.  We believe data driven instruction and small group differentiation leads to academic … Read More