HCS Hosts Partners In Education Awards
Posted on 10/27/2022
HCS Hosts Partners In Education Awards

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Oct. 27, 2021) -- Hamilton County Schools (HCS) hosted a Partners in Education Awards Breakfast on October 26, 2022, to honor community partners who have made a significant impact in the district within the last year.

The event was sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Division of Diversity and Engagement and was held in their Tennessee Room. The event was attended by more than 240 community partners who have provided support for students, families, and teachers. More than 20 community partners were recognized as finalists for the 8 total awards presented.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to honor our community partners,” said Dr. Justin Robertson, HCS Superintendent. “We understand that our students well-being is a shared responsibility, and in Hamilton County we are blessed to have partners that share in the work to ensure all students thrive. Without the efforts of our community partners, our students would not be as connected, confident, or whole.”

HCS focused their awards around action areas for their district and families. Awards were presented in the categories of Future Ready and Innovation, Out of School Time, Family Resource, Early Learning, Equity in Education, Teacher Champion, Faith-Based, and Partner of the Year.

Partner in Education Award Finalists

Future Ready & Innovation

  • Dr. Lyn Potter (Chattanooga State Community College)
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Tennessee Valley Robotics (Winner)

Out of School Time

  • The Bethlehem Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga (Winner)

Family Resource

  • Alexis Eaton (Chattanooga Area Food Bank) (Winner)
  • LifeSpring Community Health
  • United Way- 211

Early Learning

  • Chattanooga Head Start
  • Jennifer Andrews (Chattanooga 2.0)
  • Signal Centers, Inc. (Winner)

Equity in Education

  • The Enterprise Center
  • La Paz Chattanooga (Winner)
  • Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science

Teacher Champion

  • Chattanooga Area Schools Federal Credit Union
  • Chris Brown (UTC) (Winner)
  • HCS Foundation


  • Bayside Baptist Church (Winner)
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship
  • Silverdale Baptist Church

Partner of the Year

  • Girls Inc. (Winner)
  • LaDarius Price
  • Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

To learn more about the Partner in Education award categories or the nominees, click here.