Pictured (Left to Right): Dr. Vickie Beard (Principal of Minor Hill School), Shannon Bass (South Central Regional Teacher of the Year), and Bill Byford (South Central Center of Regional Excellence Director)
Shannon Bass- South Central Regional PreK-4 Teacher of the Year
Shannon has lived in Pulaski since 1975. She graduated from GCHS, received her Bachelor's in Education from Martin Methodist College, and completed a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught 14 years (all at Minor Hill School). She served as a teacher leader as well as the Read To Be Ready summer reading camp director at MHS in 2018 and will also serve in this role for the 2019 program. She has been recognized as a GCEA Distinguished Educator (2012-2013) and building level Teacher of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2019. She was also named 2019 Giles County District Level Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Bass will move on to the state level Teacher of the Year competition where she will compete against 7 other educators from across Tennessee. Congratulations Shannon and good luck in the next phase of the competition.
Peyton McKnight won 1st place in the Skills Competition for Welding & Fabrication. His next step is Nationals which will be held in Louisville, Ky.
Giles County WIDA ACCESS Assessment Scores Show Excellent Growth
All students who qualify for English learner (EL) services take the WIDA ACCESS assessment each spring until they reach proficiency in English. This assessments looks to make sure EL students are developing in their understanding and mastery of the English language, and similar to the state assessment, provides an apples-to-apples point of comparison across Tennessee. The key metric the department looks at is the percent of students meeting the growth standard. This standard is a realistic, ambitious target that is set based on a student’s prior year ELPA score, which also accounts for our state’s goal that all students exit EL programming within 6 years.
The 2018 WIDA ACCESS scores show that six of Tennessee’s school districts had 80 percent or more students meet or exceed growth standards. Those are:
- Alamo City Schools
- Arlington Community Schools
- Giles County Schools
- Union City Schools
- Union County Public Schools
- Weakley County Schools
Giles County School System's EL teachers, left Vickie Tucker, right Cathy Bledsoe