West End Teacher Cicely Woodard Named Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Big news from Metro Schools! West End Middle School 8th grade teacher Cicely Woodard has been named the Tennessee Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year for the entire state of Tennessee! Metro Schools is proud to have a teacher whose work has been recognized at such a large scale.

Woodard is a 13-year veteran of MNPS and is currently a math teacher at West End Middle School. Inside and outside of the classroom, Woodard has made a lasting impact as a teacher leader within her school, the district and the entire state. She was also named a S.C.O.R.E. Fellow in 2013.

Back in May 2017, Metro Schools named 140 Teachers of the Year-– one from every district-managed school – who were chosen by their colleagues and principals as the epitome of a model educator. The Teacher of the Year program provides recognition to teachers on a district, regional, state and national level. To select the district-wide winners, teachers were scored on characteristics of a well-rounded educator including relationships with students, leadership and overall academic performance of students. The three tier-level winners were included in the regional Teacher of the Year competition. Mrs. Woodard will now advance to the National Teacher of the Year in 2018.

As Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Woodard will be an ambassador for teachers in Tennessee and will serve as Tennessee’s representative in the National Teacher of the Year Program. Woodard will also sit on the Teacher Advisory Council during the 2017-2018 school year alongside the other nine Teacher of the Year state finalists. This council acts as a working group of expert teachers to provide feedback and inform the work of the department throughout the school year.

“Mrs. Woodard exemplifies what it means to always strive for excellence in the classroom,” said Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Schools. “We could not be more proud of the work she’s accomplished inside the classroom, the leadership she’s modeled for her fellow educators and the lives she has undoubtedly impacted in her time at Metro Schools. She exceeds great expectations every day and will continue to do so as an ambassador for the state of Tennessee.”

MNPS recognizes the ability to do great work and provide students with a great public education rises and falls based upon the quality of our employees.

The district is proud to have one of its dedicated teachers recognized for her work. Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Woodard on this incredible accomplishment!