FSSD board, teachers honored for contributions within district

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Franklin Mayor Ken Moore made an appearance at the Franklin Special School District Board of Education meeting for a special reason Monday night.

The board met at Johnson Elementary School, where Moore read a proclamation in honor of the upcoming FSSD School Board Appreciation Week.

Moore’s proclamation read in part, “school board members represent a tremendous resource as local decision makers in diligently working to overcome the challenges of the changing world while providing students with the services and opportunities needed for a quality education.”

“I hereby proclaim the week of Jan. 27-31 of 2020 as School Board Appreciation Week in Franklin, Tennessee, and encourage all citizens to join me in this worthy observance,” Moore said.

In honor of the upcoming appreciation week, select books will be donated to all FSSD libraries on behalf of board members. Each member will then be invited to a school to be recognized by students.

“We appreciate the support, the time and dedication each of you devotes to our district,” FSSD Director of Schools Dr. David Snowden said.

Additionally, four FSSD teachers were recognized by the school board Monday for their achievements in becoming National Board Certified Teachers.

Recipients of the award were Marti Jeffords at Poplar Grove Middle, Rachel Lessing at Freedom Middle, Charity Rice at Liberty Elementary and Amber Walsh at Johnson Elementary.

National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education, according to the nonprofit’s website.

FSSD Board Chair Tim Stillings read a proclamation on behalf of the entire board in support of the four teachers who received the certification. 

“Teachers open children’s minds to the magic of knowledge and dreams,” Stillings said. “The FSSD recognizes the addition of National Board Certified teachers brings to the classroom and enhances its mission to provide world-class educational experiences for all children.”

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