Melissa Collins, Ph.D., a second grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School, was recently named 2014 West Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education.
The state's Teacher of the Year Awards honor teachers for their commitment to students and classroom gains in achievement.
Collins was among the nine finalists recognized by the Tennessee Department of Education during a banquet held earlier this month in Nashville.
- Written by Aisling Maki/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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