This week, we highlight two Teachers of the Year in Mt. Juliet. We will meet both high school Teachers of the Year, Mt. Juliet High School’s Mary Kay Kelton (left) and Wilson Central’s Mary Beth Boswell (right).
Kelton has taught Spanish at Mt. Juliet High School for nine years. She is a 1998 graduate of Mt. Juliet High School as well.
“This is literally my dream job,” Kelton said about working at her alma mater.
She applied for a history position, which was her major in college, but her minor, Spanish, got her the job. She said she doesn’t regret it and loves teaching Spanish.
“You get to cover so many different things in Spanish, the history, language, culture,” said Kelton.
Kelton said that she was surprised when she was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Then when she saw the list of other nominees, she didn’t prepare for winning.
“They were all way better,” said Kelton.
Boswell has also spent her entire teaching career at one school, Wilson Central High School.
It is her sixth year at the school, and she teaches Honors I Biology and AP Biology.
“I loved science in high school,” said Boswell on her decision to teach the subject. She said Biology in particular is her passion.
Boswell said it means a lot that her peers chose her as the Teacher of the Year for the school, especially since she thought that the other teachers that were nominated were “way more deserving.”
Boswell said that she loves Wilson Central because every year, she loves the students in her class as much as the year before. She has been through some administration changes, and loved working with all of them, but the students are why she enjoys Wilson Central.
“I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else,” said Boswell.
Kelton and Boswell will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year. That will be announced at a banquet at Cumberland University, April 11, in an event sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank.