Three Hamblen County educators received standing ovations Tuesday night at the Hamblen County school board meeting as they were honored for their accomplishments this year.
Brian McLaughlin, a math teacher at Morristown-Hamblen High School West, was honored for being named the state’s Teacher of the Year last week. West High School Principal Jeff Kinsler and Career & Technical Education Supervisor Chuck Carter were honored for being nominated as the state’s Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year.
The winners for principal and supervisor of the year will be announced next month.
“It would be a great thing for Hamblen County if we could complete the trifecta,” Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, said.
McLaughlin, who was honored first, thanked the school board and administration, plus his West High School peers.
Before he spoke, Perry said Mclaughlin is a selfless teacher who thinks of others.
“He doesn’t teach a subject,” Perry said. “He teaches kids.”
Perry said the statewide honor is a huge accomplishment for McLaughlin and the district as a whole.
“Think about it,” Perry said. “We have thousands of teachers. The best we’ve got is right here.”
“I don’t know who you described,” McLaughlin said to Perry. “But, I hope to be that someday.”
Kinsler was the next to be honored as Perry said Kinsler has dedicated his life to West High School and it shows. He said Kinsler has made the high school into one of the best in the state.
“Every single day is about what this county and school has done for me,” Kinsler said.
Carter, the last to be honored, was described also as being selfless and a person who always gives back to the community.
“His entire life is focused on giving back to this world and making it a little better for all of us,” Carter said.
Carter said it’s a recognition for getting to do what he love.
“I just work with a bunch of great people and I’m honored to just get to be the face,” Carter said.
“Well, I think that’s what most great people say,” Perry said. “They never accept anything of their own volition. They are always wanting to praise somebody else and always wanting to turn the spotlight on another individual.”
Also honored at the school board meeting were National Merit Scholarship finalists. That included Macy Noe, a finalist, Emma Purgason, a finalist, Jacob Seals, who was commended, Christopher Verzosa, a finalist and Emily Roland, who was also commended.
Third graders from Lincoln Heights Elementary School also sang “All the Good Things We Can Do,” led by third-grade teacher Brittany Metcalf.