We continue honoring our teachers this week with two more Teacher of the Year winners, Gladeville Elementary’s Angela Gardner and Wilson Central’s Anne Nored.
“It’s a little overwhelming, but it’s heartwarming. To have your peers choose you is very nice. It feels good,” Gardner says.
This will be Gardner’s fifth year teaching at Gladeville. She enjoys the smaller size of Gladeville, as well as the respect the students give her. “I can know all of my students. It’s definitely a place where people say yes ma’am, no ma’am and thank you,” Gardner says.
Gardner got her start teaching college level graphic design courses. She switched to elementary schools after a colleague suggested the change. “I loved teaching adults and I have a passion for children,” Gardner says.
Gardner enjoys teaching to younger children because of their willingness to try new things. “Children are very optimistic. They have no concept that they can’t do something. They don’t blink an eye,” Gardner says.
Nored is a librarian and has been at the school for 10 years.
“It’s a good school, good faculty, good administration, good kids,” said Nored.
Nored said she loves being the librarian because you can get kids excited about reading who may not have been before. She likes to do events like Blind Date Book, where she wraps books then puts words to describe it outside. The kids pick not knowing what it is, then discover something they might not have known. They also have a book club at the school, as well as many other activities.
A week before Nored was named Teacher of the Year, her daughter, a librarian at Hobgood Elementary in Murfreesboro, was also named Teacher of the Year. She was beyond excited for her daughter.
“I never dreamed a week later I would be voted Teacher of the Year,” said Nored.
Gardner and Nored will have a chance to win the Wilson County Teacher of the Year when the winner is announced Friday, April 10 at a banquet at Cumberland University.