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BTCS Teachers of the Year

From eight district-wide nominees, three teachers were selected to represent Bristol Tennessee City Schools in this year’s state Teacher of the Year award. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding teachers in Tennessee. It is an opportunity to applaud teachers who devote their professional lives to enriching the lives of Tennessee students.

All schools in Tennessee can nominate one teacher as a system finalist for grades PreK-4, 5-8, and 9-12. The three teachers selected from Bristol Tennessee City Schools are as follows: Cheryl Littleton, grades PreK-4; Amanda Peace, grades 5-8; and Scott Lamie, grades 9-12.



Cheryl Littleton, originally from Shelby, NC, teaches second grade at Holston View Elementary School. She has been married to her husband, Rob, for 24 years, and they have one daughter, Erin. Ms. Littleton has a 26-year career in Tennessee public schools and has been at Holston View for six years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Carson-Newman University and both her master’s degree of education in administration/supervision and education specialist in curriculum and instruction at Middle Tennessee State University. “My favorite thing about teaching … is learning,” Ms. Littleton said. “The more I teach, the more I learn. Every day is a new day of learning for me, as well as for my students.”




Amanda Peace is a sixth grade language arts teacher at Haynesfield Elementary, where she has taught since 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from King College. Ms. Peace said that she is inspired by her students. “When I’m at home planning for the next week or sitting in my classroom after hours, it’s all 65 of them motivating me to create lessons and activities that are challenging, collaborative, engaging, and enjoyable.” Ms. Peace resides in Kingsport with her husband Nick, their two kitties Milo and Marley, and a silly lab named Lizzy.



Scott Lamie is a math teacher at Tennessee Online Public School. Mr. Lamie has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a bachelor’s degree in financial economics, and a master’s degree in special education. He began his career in education in brick and mortar schools and has a wealth of teaching experience in special education and math with both Johnson City Schools and BTCS. When asked why he teaches, Mr. Lamie said “I teach because it’s a job where there are always new ideas to explore and new perspectives from which to explore them, and it’s really fun to go through that process with other people.” Mr. Lamie, a Bristol native, is a husband and a father of three.



In addition to the three nominees selected for district Teacher of the Year Award, the following Bristol Tennessee City Schools teachers were also nominated:



  Colleen Semones

  Anderson Elementary

  Julia Mitchell

  Avoca Elementary

  Beth Link

  Fairmount Elementary

  Amanda Varney

  Vance Middle

  Donnie Quales

  Tennessee High


All of these nominees will be recognized at the Annual Rotary Club of Bristol VA-TN Outstanding Teacher Awards banquet scheduled to be held in April. Each of these teachers demonstrates their commitment to excellence and have a positive impact on the lives and futures of their students.

Please congratulate these teachers on their outstanding accomplishment!

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