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Teachers of the Year: MJHS' David Agee, WWMS' Mary Edwards
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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. 

 
Man barricades self in home
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Staff Reports

A man barricaded himself in his home, and threatened to harm himself, causing the evacuation of surrounding homes Friday. 

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New retail, office development coming
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Providence Station, a mixed use development on South Providence Parkway, is set to bring a new type of development south of interstate. 

Sitting on 6.5 acres, Providence Station will have two buildings, retail and restaurants on the first floor, and office on the second floor. It will sit between Providence Wine & Spirits and the yet to be built Marriott, Mt. Juliet’s first full service hotel. CRS is developing the project. 

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Former Elzie Patton bookkeeper indicted
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A former bookkeeper at Elzie D. Patton Elementary was indicted by the Wilson County Grand Jury over theft charges last week. 

In a report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, it states that Shannon Williams stole $8,646. The report showed that she made unauthorized purchases using the school’s Amazon.com corporate account between Sept. 2011 and Nov. 2013. Williams purchased at least 184 items for her personal benefit, including a $2,099 vacuum cleaner, toys, clothing and various art supplies. She concealed the purchases by adding her items to actual school purchase requests, making it seem they were official purchases. 

Williams told investigators that she did use the school’s account, but reimbursed the school for $250. Investigators were unable to verify her claims. 

Williams has been indicted on one count of theft over $1,000 and one count of official misconduct. 

 
Teachers of the Year: MJCA's Renee Martin, MJMS Denise Defevers
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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. 

 
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