West Knox, Farragut schools name TOY

Susan EspirituFarragut, West Knox County, West Knoxville

Each West Knox and Farragut School announced teachers selected by their peers to represent the respective schools as 2023 Teachers of the Year. The number of teachers chosen per school is determined by the number of students and teachers per building.

The Knox County Teacher of the Year for each grade band will be announced in February.

A.L. Lotts Elementary Teachers of the Year are Stacy Straus and Amy Scheuer who both teach special education with over 20 and 10 years of experience, respectively.

Tracy Marsh, principal, says, “These are both incredible educators who do whatever it takes to meet the needs of their students.”

Northshore Elementary chose three teachers from their faculty to represent themselves and the school:

Sarah Pope teaches kindergarten. Sarah Burton teaches second grade. Allyson Lall is the STEM teacher for the school.

West Haven Elementary School selected Felicia Fowler, fourth grade math teacher, as the Teacher of the Year.

Felicia Fowler

Two quotes of many from staff members of their choice: “Ms. Fowler is such a hard worker and she is always willing to help.”

“Felicia is an outstanding teacher who holds high expectations for all of her students to actively engage in the content and be able to explain their thinking. She is a champion for her students’ needs and works to make sure that they have all the supports they need to be successful.”

West High School selected five teachers as the Teachers of the Year from their staff.

Farragut Primary School selected three teachers to represent the faculty.

Michele McAmis teaches first grade. Rhonda Hall teaches second grade. Elizabeth Stewart is the school’s STEM teacher.

The staff at Farragut Intermediate School chose three teachers from their ranks as outstanding teachers as well.

Pamela Czulewicz with 28 years of experience, teaches fourth grade ELA and social studies while serving the role of lead teacher in her building. Amy Stedham teaches fourth grade math and science with eight years of teaching experience. Dacia Hix teaches fifth grade science and social studies, serving as social studies department chair and has 13 years of teaching experience.

Farragut Middle School staff chose four exceptional teachers to be Teachers of the Year from their departments

Lindsey Jordan has taught at FMS for all 12 years of her teaching career and teaches seventh grade social studies. Katherine Cornett teachers Spanish and has taught has taught 16 years. Brooke Partin is the school counselor with 20 years in education, 15 years at FMS. Caitlin Wood teaches eighth grade ELA with five years of experience.


Farragut High School chose six teachers from across the school as representative of the group.

Congratulations to all the educators on being selected by their peers for their dedication to excellence in serving students.

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