We honor two more Teachers of the Year this week, this time Mt. Juliet Christian Academy’s Renee Martin and Mt. Juliet Middle School’s Denise Defevers.
Martin has been teaching since 1983, with a few breaks those years. She has been a teacher for a total of 18 years. She is currently teaching third grade. She had been named Teacher of the Year about 10 years ago.
“I love that the focus is on Christ, and teaching children to glorify Him,” said Martin.
Martin said she loves how independent children are at that age, and how excited they get about the classroom.
“They want to learn,” Martin said. “They make me excited about it.”
Martin was thrilled to be named Teacher of the Year by her peers at MJCA.
“Words can’t really express it,” Martin said.
Martin said she was honored and humbled by the choice.
DeFevers was shocked to learn that she was nominated. “I was honored that my peers thought so highly of me,” DeFevers said.
DeFevers has been teaching at MJMS for 13 years and considers it home. “We have the best students and it’s like a good family here,” DeFevers said.
DeFevers has always held a passion for playing sports, and after coaching several seasons of basketball and baseball, the transition to teacher seemed natural. “I love working with kids,” DeFevers said. She enjoys teaching P.E. and watching the children grow and mature over the years. “I learn a lot from children and I like helping them,” DeFevers said.
DeFevers also helps teach an enrichment program at MJMS where she challenges students to think critically and explains real-world applications for their studies. “I love touching students’ lives, not just reaching out, but connecting,” DeFevers said.
Martin and Defevers will be up for Wilson County Teacher of the Year April 10 when the annual banquet is held at Cumberland University. The event is sponsored by Wilson County Motors and Cedar Stone Bank.