Michelle Bailey, center, was named a 2020 Teacher of the Year by Hamilton County Schools

Michelle Bailey, center, teachers kindergarten and first-grade students at Thrasher Elementary. Read the full announcement from Hamilton County Schools on their website.

Congratulations to Michelle Bailey, UTC alumna, named a 2020 Teacher of the Year for Hamilton County Schools.

Bailey teaches kindergarten and first-grade students in a multi-age classroom at Thrasher Elementary. She also is a piano teacher for children with special learning, a LEGO coach and camp coordinator, LEGO facilitator for the Chambliss Children’s Home fundraiser and a McConnel Elementary STEM night LEGO coach.

Bailey, along with David Jackson and Emily McDonald were surprised this morning in their classroom by Superintendent Bryan Johnson. All three educators will now advance to the state level for Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

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Sarah ’14, ’16 earned an MA in English rhetoric and composition at UTC where she now works as staff writer; she enjoys hiking with her husband and two boys and spending time with her backyard menagerie of goats, chickens and ducks.

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