Laurel Elementary School, Teachers of the Year, Kim Tolliver (left) and Katelin Vincent (right) pose for a photo last week after being recognized for their hard work. Photo submitted

By Tamas Mondovics
Teacher of the Year for grMembers of Laurel Elementary School administration were pleased to announce its teachers of the year last week. The event was celebrated with an awards ceremony recognizing teacher Katelin Stanley Vincent, who teaches Pre K and Kindergarten and Kim Tolliver who teaches grades 5th-6th at Laurel, as Teacher of the Year.

Katelin Stanley Vincent
Vincent is from the Laurel Bloomery area and attended Laurel Elementary School as a child.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6 and a Master degree in Early Childhood Education.

According to school officials Vincent has been teaching at Laurel for three-and-a-years, and hopes that her students will gain a love of learning that they will carry on throughout their lives.

Kim Tolliver
Tolliver is the daughter of Jim and Betty Plummer, from Shady Valley, TN where she lives with her husband Stephen and children, Jaden and Kyla.
In 1988, Tolliver earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Education from Tusculum in 1996. She has taught Special Education in grades Pre K to sixth grade for three decades in Johnson County and has taught at Laurel Elementary school for the last ten years.
“Tolliver believes that every student can learn and that nothing brings her greater joy than to witness one of her students experience a light bulb moment,” said Laurel Elementary school Principal, Brenda Dishman Eggers, adding, “The longer it takes to get there, the more joyous the moment.”

For more information about Laurel Elementary School please visit, www.jocoed.net.