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Ken Oster Recognized for Volunteer Service
Ken Oster: 2021 TSBA Northeast School Volunteer Award
Posted on 09/22/2021
Ken Oster

Congratulations to Ken Oster, the recipient of the 2021 Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Northeast School Volunteer Award. The award was presented at the September 20 meeting of the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education by Board Member Jim Butcher and Director of Schools Annette Tudor.

"His (Mr. Butcher's) words were extremely generous," said Mr. Oster. "I'm very honored and humbled to accept this award. It's a good thing I am able to do what I can. I'm in debt to the generosity of all those I work with. They've all been great. It's pretty amazing. Thank you!"


Mr. Oster is now being considered for the state-wide award. To determine the statewide winner, a panel appointed by the TSBA president from the TSBA Board of Directors will rate the applications of the district winners. The statewide winner will be recognized at the TSBA Annual Convention Awards Reception and Ceremony on Saturday, November 20. The statewide winner will receive a plaque, and a $1,000 grant will be awarded to the public school of the winner’s choice.


Below is the nomination submitted to TSBA by Board Member Jim Butcher on behalf of the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education:


On behalf of Bristol Tennessee City Schools, I would like to nominate Ken Oster for the TSBA School Volunteer Recognition Award. Ken, a retired educator, spends countless volunteer hours in our district supporting students and families. He has a reputation for going above and beyond to ensure student success in the classroom, as well as on the basketball court as the Tennessee High School Lady Vikings head basketball coach for many years.


During his time in Bristol, beginning in 1980, he was also an assistant football coach. Coach Oster was a successful head girls basketball coach and assistant football coach at Sullivan High School in Sullivan County Schools. After retiring from education, Ken began working with our district’s English Learners and their families in 2015, initially helping with translations. Through this experience, Ken recognized that our EL students would benefit from extra classroom support, especially in mathematics. As a result, he began volunteering at Tennessee High School, and for several years, Ken has spent each day during first period EL time with students to provide additional support.


Ken exhibits exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation, and hard work in his service to our school district as evidenced by his dedication to students and teachers at Tennessee High. He also assists other EL families in the district by providing translation services for parent-teacher conferences, working with EL teachers to connect students and families to community resources, and providing support to district teachers to meet the needs of EL students in their classrooms. Ken’s caring goes beyond the classroom and the math and English needs of his Hispanic students. He also works with our students and their families to support their efforts assimilating in the community.


Ken consistently exhibits grace, professionalism, and a warm smile. His kind nature, collaborative spirit, dedication to the well-being of students, and understanding of the needs of teachers are admirable and tremendously appreciated. We are honored he chooses to give so graciously of his time to support our school district and community with his gifts and talents. The value his contribution has brought to our students and families is truly immeasurable.

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