Nancy Baxley and Tarah Kemp are 2021 TCSS Teachers of the Year
Posted on 03/10/2021
Nancy Baxley and Tarah Kemp are 2021 TCSS Teachers of the YearTwo Hamilton County Schools educators have been selected as Teacher of the Year winners by the Tennessee Council for Social Studies (TCSS). Each year, TCSS recognizes exceptional classroom Social Studies teachers in Elementary, Middle, and High School. In Hamilton County, we want to celebrate our teachers' excellence, who work to build a brighter future for children every day. The Hamilton County TCSS Teachers of the year are Nancy Baxley, a World History teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and Tarah Kemp, a 4th-grade teacher at Dupont Elementary School.

Tarah Kemp, a 4th-grade teacher at Dupont Elementary, was selected as the TCSS Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Ms. Kemp was chosen for her commitment to making Social Studies engaging, particularly her interdisciplinary program called "Cooking Up Learning." Through this program, Ms. Kemp engages her students in standards-based learning that incorporates cooking in the classroom.

Nancy Baxley, World History teacher at Signal Mountain Middle/High School, was selected as the Year's TCSS High School Teacher. Mrs. Baxley was also chosen for her commitment to making Social Studies engaging and was also selected as the Hamilton County Schools' High School Teacher of the Year for 2021.

Award winners were announced at the annual Tennessee Council for Social Studies Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27th, and received complimentary registration, a one-year membership to TCSS, a plaque, and a cash prize.
The Tennessee Council for the Social Studies is a non-profit, professional association devoted to providing information, resources, and support for all those involved in social studies education. This includes K-12 teachers, supervisors of instruction, and college professors, in the various disciplines interested in and engaged in social studies. The annual TCSS Social Studies Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exceptional Tennessee classroom Social Studies teachers in the areas of Elementary (grades K-6), Middle (grades 5-8), Secondary (grades 7-12), and Civil Rights/Civil Liberties (grades K-12). Award winners receive free registration for the TCSS State Conference and complimentary one-year memberships in TCSS. Each award winner is honored with a plaque and cash prize.

For more information and eligibility requirements or how to apply for the TCSS Teacher of the Year Awards, visit the TCSS website here.