KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – A local teacher has been selected by Tennessee’s top lawmaker to help bridge communication between the classroom and the capital.
Robinson Middle School science teacher Marsha Buck is one of 18 educators chosen from across the state to serve on Governor Bill Haslam’s first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet.
Buck says she is honored to be chosen, and plans to make a real difference for teachers across the Volunteer state.
“There doesn’t need to be a disconnect between the teachers and the policy makers,” Buck says, “it needs to be a collaboration, and I think this is a very honest attempt to establish that collaboration.”
The cabinet will meet quarterly with Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to share real-time information from the classroom, advise on policy considerations and provide a direct line of communication to schools and communities.
Members of the first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet are:
Elisabeth McArthur Bellah, Maryville City Schools
Melissa Bennett, Blount County Schools
Marsha Buck, Kingsport City Schools
Nick Darnell, Hamblen County Schools
Rebecca Few, Murfreesboro City Schools
Cathy Ginel, Oak Ridge City Schools
Anita Underwood Gray, Lebanon Special School District
Annette C. Johnson, Franklin County Schools
Abbey Kidwell, Clinton City School District
Wanda N. Lacy, Knox County Schools
Jessica Lindsay, Achievement School District
Schwann Logan, Bartlett Municipal School District
Lance Morgan, Union City Schools
Jessica Murray, Dyer County Schools
Kyle Prince, Rutherford County Schools
Angie Tisdale, Franklin Special School District
Karen Vogelsang, Shelby County Schools
Catherine Whitehead, Chester County School System
Teachers will serve two-year terms on the cabinet. The first meeting is planned for July.
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