Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative (LTVEC) hosted our annual Awards Banquet to honor exceptional local educators on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at at Kinfolk Farms in Lenoir City. “This event was a time to celebrate over 47 years of services from Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative. More importantly, we were celebrating our outstanding educators in the East Tennessee region. The amazing work they do each day in the classrooms, the schools, and the community makes East Tennessee an outstanding place to live, to work and to grow,” said LTVEC executive director, Pam Potocik.
Two deserving educators from Lenoir City Schools were honored with the Exemplary Educator Recognition Award for Dedication to Excellence in Education: Rachel Ogle, Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School Math Teacher and Wendy Jones, Lenoir City Elementary School 1st Grade Teacher.
“She was so good that when we interviewed her, I called and offered her the job before she pulled out of the parking lot,” said Brandee Hoglund, Lenoir City Intermediate Middle School Principal at the awards banquet.
“Rachel is a shining example of how teachers transform the lives of the students every day, engaging them and creating enthusiasm for math. Mrs. Ogle takes students who have traditionally struggled with math and builds their confidence so they become great math students. She is able to breathe new life into the subject and makes her classroom a place where students want to be.”
In selecting Wendy Jones, Lenoir City Elementary School Principal Don Maloney listed off some of her many accomplishments, “Twenty-two years of teaching experience, thirteen years at Lenoir City Elementary School, one year 5th grade, three years 4th grade, last nine years in 1st grade, served as grade level lead for the past eight years, Common Core coach in 2013, TIGER coach for three years, Read to be Ready summer Reading Program Director for the last four years, and Statewide Textbook and Standards Committee member.”
In addition, Anne Talmont, LTVEC After School Program Site Coordinator at Lenoir City Elementary School and Lenoir City Elementary School Media Specialist, was honored with the Exemplary Educator Recognition Award for Dedication to Excellence in Education.
About LTVEC: Founded in 1971, Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative (LTVEC) is a public nonprofit agency formed by local school systems in East Tennessee. The agency is governed by a board of directors including member school system directors, school board members, and county commissioners. LTVEC promotes collaboration among member school systems to develop needed educational services in the region. The cooperative provides a variety of services to member and non-member school systems in East Tennessee and throughout the state.
LTVEC provides the following services: the AT Center, which provides assistive technologies (AT) that can help reduce barriers to learning for students with disabilities that affect physical, cognitive and/or communication skills; the Birth-to-Three Program, which is a nationally recognized program that provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers and education and support to their families; the Extended Learning Program, which provides before and after-school programs that focus on hands-on learning, community involvement, STEM activities, daily tutoring, and physical fitness opportunities; and, School Support Services, which provide vision services, speech, occupational, and physical therapy.