We honor two more Teachers of the Year this week with Mt. Juliet High School’s David Agee and West Wilson Middle’s Mary Edwards.
Agee has been teaching in Mt. Juliet since 1980, and has taught at the Mt. Juliet Junior High (now West Wilson Middle), the Mt. Juliet High School 9th Grade Annex (now Elzie Patton Elementary), the old Mt. Juliet High School (now Mt. Juliet Middle) and the current Mt. Juliet High School.
This year he is teaching 9th and 10th grade English, Speech and Intro to Film. He said his favorite part of the job is that it is a “people job.” He said once the year is over, you don’t stress about what you possibly didn’t get to in the classroom, you remember the relationships you established throughout the year, whether it be with the students or fellow faculty. Agee said he looks forward to having those conversation with fellow students and co-workers years later.
“I’ve never had a bad conversation,” he said of catching up with former students and co-workers.
Agee said he likes seeing the transition of children coming in as ninth graders, and young adults graduating four years later.
Agee said it was humbling and an honor to be chosen as Teacher of the Year by his peers.
“Anybody at the school that was nominated would have been a great Teacher of the Year,” said Agee.
West Wilson Middle School’s Mary Edwards is going out on a high note, as the retiring social studies teacher has been chosen as Teacher of the Year for the school.
“It’s a great honor, especially at the end of my career,” said Edwards.
Edwards has been at the school for 22 years back when it was the Mt. Juliet Junior High.
“That was a crazy time,” Edwards said. She had come from a small school, and at the time, MJJH was the largest junior high in the state.
Edwards said she has stayed at the school for so long because it has always been a supporting atmosphere. She said the teachers have always worked well together, sharing ideas and doing what is best for the children.
Edwards said she loves getting to know new students and watching them grow from babies to children on the verge of high school.
Both will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at a banquet at Cumberland University, April 10. The event is sponsored by Cedar Stone Bank and Wilson County Motors.