Alumni cited for teaching achievement

June 4, 2014

Ten Bryan alumni who teach in the Rhea County school system have been recognized for earning the top score possible on their Tennessee Educator Acceleration Model rating.

Rhea County Director of Schools Jerry Levengood, ’76, explained that the evaluation is based on the teachers’ students’ standardized test scores for the 2011-12 school year. The test indicated that their students learned at least as much as was expected in one year in their particular discipline. In all, 35 Rhea County teachers achieved the “5” score on the evaluation’s five-point scale.

Bryan alumni honored included:

  • Janet Jasso, ’78, fourth-grade science/social studies, Graysville Elementary.
  • Kimberly Prudhomme, ’04, fourth-grade math, Rhea Central Elementary.
  • Burkett Swafford, ’07, fifth-grade social studies, Rhea Central Elementary.
  • Anthony Revis, ’76, sixth-grade science, Rhea Central Elementary.
  • Janet Tipton, ’00, sixth-grade math, Rhea Central Elementary.
  • Susan Davis, ’74, eighth-grade reading/language, Rhea Central Elementary.
  • Laura Smith, ’07, fourth-grade science/social studies, Spring City Elementary.
  • Carmen Ellam-Smith, ’99, fifth-grade math, Spring City Elementary.
  • Beth Price, ’75, eighth-grade reading/language, Spring City Middle School.
  • Melody Sergent, ’04, eighth-grade science, Spring City Middle School.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay said, “It’s exciting to see Bryan alumni recognized for outstanding achievement, as these teachers have been. I think this is another example of how our alumni live out our mission of making a difference in today’s world.”