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Teaches of the Year: Gladeville's Debbie Yankura and Stoner Creek's Jennifer Marshall
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This week we will meet two more Teachers of the Year. The first is Debbie Yankura of Gladeville Elementary and the second is Jennifer Marshall of Stoner Creek Elementary. 

Yankura is in her fourth year at Gladeville, but has been a teacher for eight years. She teaches fifth grade science, and loves the hands on aspect of the subject. 

She loves the small community of Gladeville and how the students, families and school staff really work together well.

Yankura was surprised by being voted Teacher of the Year, and was shocked that her name was even on the nomination list. 

“I was blown away by that,” said Yankura. 

She said she is beyond blessed and that anyone on the staff at Gladeville Elementary could be Teacher of the Year. 

Marshall is in her 7th year at Stoner Creek Elementary. She has also taught in Memphis City Schools and Metro Schools in her 15 year career. 

Marshall teaches kindergarten, and she likes it because it gives you a chance to build a good foundation for the students’ academic career. 

“I like that your their first impression of school,” said Marshall. 

Marshall has four children in Stoner Creek, two in elementary, two in the daycare there. But that’s not the only family she has there. 

“I love that Stoner Creek is like family,” she said. 

She said the school operates as one big family, and it is just a great environment to work. 

She was honored to named as the Teacher of the Year at the school. 

“It is not something to be taken lightly,” said Marshall. “I was very honored.” 

Both Yankura and Mashall are now up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year. They will be announced at banquet, April 11 at Baird Chapel on the campus of Cumberland University. The banquet is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors.