5-8 Educator of the Year 2016
This year’s winner for grades 5-8
is Virginia Cooter who teachers 6-8 science at Baileyton Elementary School. She
has been teaching for 36 years and her teaching philosophy is focused on
inquiry-based lessons that encourage students to go beyond the classroom.
Virginia has represented Greene County K-12 science as a district learning
leader, directed the Greene County Science Fair, and served as a consultant for
the TN Academy of Science. She has participated as a teacher leader in many
initiatives with the State Department of Education, including standards
development and leading professional development offerings. She has also been recognized as the Greene
County Schools Teacher of the Year in 2015, 2008, 2005, and 1998, as voted on
by her peers, and in 2011, given by the district.