2009 VAAA – South Side Elementary School

Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools Neal Wright, Principal 29855 Highway 104, South Reagan, TN 38368 Henderson County Schools Recipe For Success: The secret to our success at South Side Elementary School is willing students who are eager to learn and a dedicated staff that strives to provide a positive, encouraging and productive environment that enhances learning.  Our staff works closely together to share new learning skills that will benefit our students.  Test scores are analyzed and students … Read More

2009 VAAA – Orchard Knob Elementary School

Third Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Marthel Young, Principal 400 North Orchard Knob Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37404 Hamilton County Schools Recipe For Success: Orchard Knob Elementary is committed to high achievement by providing rigorous teaching and learning for all students and creating a positive learning culture for everyone. Our mission and vision are accomplished through scaffolded professional development, vertical team collaboration, extended instructional days, professional learning cadres, opportunities for student and teacher empowerment, and partnering with the community. … Read More

2009 VAAA – Eaton Elementary School

Second Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Jennifer Malone, Principal 423 Hickory Creek Road Lenoir City, TN 37771 Loudon County Schools Recipe For Success: Student learning is at the heart of everything we do at Eaton Elementary. We believe that learning is transformed when the use of technology fundamentally changes the way the children communicate and collaborate locally and globally. It is our responsibility to ensure technology adds to the richness of the curriculum, engages and motivates students, and … Read More

2009 VAAA – Carter Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Julie Thompson, Principal 9304 College Lane Strawberry Plains, TN 37871 Knox County Schools Recipe For Success: There are many factors that contribute to the success of Carter Elementary School. We have had a long history of excellent Value-Added scores and work diligently to maintain that level of achievement each year. Organization, programming, and academic focus are at the heart of our success. The staff at Carter Elementary School has been working together … Read More

2009 VAAA – Bethpage Elementary School

First Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Bill Johnson, Principal 420 Old Highway 31 E Bethpage, TN 37022 Sumner County Schools Recipe For Success: The recipe used to create Bethpage Elementary School is a combination of precious ingredients, each unique and wonderful, yet perpetually equal in the contributions they provide to the whole. If any component were deleted or allowed to eclipse the others, Bethpage Elementary School would cease to be the respected educational institution it is known to … Read More

2009 VAAA – Winchester Elementary School

First Place, West Division, Elementary Schools Flora Childres, Principal 3587 Boeingshire Road Memphis, TN 38116 Memphis Schools Recipe For Success: As an educator for more than 15 years, at both middle-class and low-income schools, I knew that the best teachers are those with a heart for children, believing that every student can succeed, regardless of their background or circumstances. More than anything else, that’s what I look for in any teacher that I hire for the school year. … Read More

2010 VAAA – Indian Trail Middle School

Second Place, East Division, K-8/Middle Schools Tammy Pearce, Principal 307 Car Mol Dr. Johnson City, TN 37601 Johnson City Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Indian Trail Middle School is a 6 th and 7 th grade school with approximately 1100 students. We are proud of the fact that we focus on student achievement and growth. My staff has set high expectations for themselves as well as for our students. Our goal at Indian Trail is to make … Read More

2010 VAAA – South Lincoln Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Greg Holder, Principal 362 Smith Mill Rd. Fayetteville, TN 37334 Lincoln County Schools Recipe For Success: For a school to be successful, it must first meet student needs. South Lincoln Middle School faculty and staff are devoted to meeting those needs by providing a safe and caring environment. We accomplish this by communicating an “open door policy” for all stakeholders. Procedures are in place, which create a safe disciplined feeling for students. … Read More

2010 VAAA – LaVergne Middle School

Second Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Dirk Ash, Principal 382 Stones River Rd. LaVergne, TN 37086 Rutherford County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: The success of students, staff, faculty, and administration at LaVergne Middle School (LMS) relies upon two important ingredients, motivation and attention to detail. Upon entering the school, students read that the mission of LMS is to enable all students to achieve excellence in learning, social responsibility, and self-worth. As students continue their walk down … Read More

2010 VAAA – Brighton Middle School

Third Place, West Division, K-8/Middle Schools John Combs, Principal 7785 Highway 51 S Brighton, TN 38011 Tipton County Schools Visit website Recipe For Success: Team, according to many leadership books I have read, is the single most important predictor of an organization’s success. Obviously, I believe that holds true with the opportunity for success we have experienced at our school. As a member of this team (and I do feel like we have one of the best), it … Read More

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