Manchester City Schools recently announced its teachers of the year at the school and district levels.

College Street Elementary School teachers of the year are Amy Nunley for grades Pre-K through fourth and Vanessa Barnard for grades five through eighth.  

Amy Nunley is a kindergarten teacher at College Street.

“This is my 15 year to teach kindergarten,” Nunley said. “I love to inspire little kids and foster that love for learning.”   

Westwood Elementary School winners are Wendi Patton for Pre-K through fourth and Christin Pearson for fifth through eighth.

At Westwood Middle School, James Dobson is the teacher of the year for grades five through eight.

At the district level, Patton and Dobson were named MCS’s teachers of the year for their respective category.

Patton is a RTI Coordinator (Mentor Teacher) at Westwood. She has taught Kindergarten and PE.

According to her school bio, she has an Associate of Science from Motlow State Community College and a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from Middle Tennessee State University.

Patton started teaching at College Street in 1998 as a kindergarten teacher. She has worked at Motlow State Community College as Director of New Student Admissions, then returned to Coffee County to teach at the county district’s North Coffee Elementary School to teach PE. In 2006 Patton came to Westwood and has since began serving as a master teacher.

Westwood Middle School  eighth grade social studies teacher and cross country coach James  Dobson holds a Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership from Middle Tennessee State University  and a Educational Specialist Degree (Administration and Supervision) from Middle Tennessee State University. As of last year he earned a Teaching Certificate from Harvard University.

Dobson has worked as Comprehensive Development Classroom (CDC) teacher at Coffee County Central High School, a Read 180 Teacher at Westwood Middle School and an RTI Teacher at Westwood Middle School.

Before becoming a teacher he served over 20 years in the US Army. He was raised in Donelson, Tenn.

College Street fifth-grade teacher Vanessa Barnard is a Manchester native and graduated from Coffee County High School in May 2002, Sewanee: The University of the South and   Masters in the Art of Teaching from Belmont in May 2008.   

Christin Pearson is the Westwood art teacher. She has been in education for 22 years and her second year at Westwood.

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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