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Metro Schools teacher named Region-level Finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Cicely Woodard Congratulations are in order! Cicely Woodard, an eighth grade math teacher at West End Middle Prep, was named a 2017-2018 Region-level Finalist for Teacher of the Year.

Woodard was selected from a pool of 16 school districts to represent the Mid-Cumberland region in the Grades 5-8 category.

Woodard is one of 27 Region-level Finalists who will now compete to be named one of nine Region-level teachers of the year. Those nine teachers will be recognized at a banquet this fall and serve on the Teacher Advisory Council for Commissioner Candice McQueen. Of those nine finalists, one will be named the 2018 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

"Being named a Region-level Finalist for Teacher of the Year means that I have the opportunity to represent teachers all over our district who show up every day at school ready to inspire, motivate, and challenge students to be successful learners," said Woodard. "I believe that our children deserve caring adults who are passionate about education and about preparing them for the future. I believe in the power of education to open doors and change lives."

Woodard earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Memphis and a master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University. She has been teaching in Nashville at the middle school level since 2003.

We are so proud to have Woodard representing Metro Schools!