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Germantown Education Commission Hosts Annual Education Celebration

Post Date:05/03/2019 10:00 AM
On April 29, the Germantown Education Commission hosted the annual education celebration where students and teachers were honored for excellence. Administrators, teachers, students, parents and members of the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen were in attendance. 

The 2019 Teacher of the Year award was presented to Lori Tingle. Ms. Tingle leads the Alternative Education Program, also known as The Point, at Houston High School. She has been an educator for 24 years and previously served as a senior guidance counselor, where her unique brand of understanding and encouragement helped struggling students graduate. Ms. Tingle is a determined and talented educator focused on supporting students who exist far under the radar where academic or athletic strides, for the most part, go unnoticed. She has a tremendous heart for her students and an unwavering commitment to helping students become their best selves. In her program, The Point, students are provided with a fresh start in a nonjudgmental atmosphere where they are reminded that they are not defined by one mistake. Ms. Tingle’s educational philosophy is grounded in inspiring all students at every ability level to take pride in their strengths, to realize that their talents are different from the talents of others and that their goals are equal. The Teacher of the Year is selected from the Education Commission’s Teacher of the Month award winners. 

The 2019 Youth Excellence Scholarship was awarded to Garrett McFadden, a senior at Christian Brothers High School. Described as humble and always wearing a smile, Garrett has taken full advantage of his high school years: enrolling in the most challenging academic courses, participating in many school activities and volunteering for worthy community organizations. During his sophomore year, McFadden broke his femur and was later diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone mass. After three surgeries, weeks out of school and two years of physical therapy, Garrett is on the path to recovery. Throughout the whole recovery process, his drive, determination and positive attitude never wavered. As a four-year De La Salle Scholar, a high selective and honors intensive program, Garrett has attained great academic success. He has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, received the CBHS Academic Excellence Award in AP European History and attained the level of Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam by earning a perfect score. Service has been a constant throughout Garrett’s high school career. A four-year Bridge Builder and member of the leadership council, he has worked alongside friends and strangers to build bonds of friendship and understanding. Through his membership of the Lasallian Youth and Key Club, Garrett has done extensive direct service orientated activities, as well as social immersion, around the greater Memphis area. McFadden plans to further his education by attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall and double major in biology and global affairs with an emphasis in pre-medicine. McFadden was among the monthly 2018-19 Youth Excellence Award winners and was honored for his strong work ethic and focus on achieving excellence in his studies. The Youth Excellence Scholarship is generously sponsored by First Capital Bank. 

The Education Celebration is the culmination of the Education Commission’s work which includes selecting monthly teacher and student award winners and the Battle of the Brains competition. 
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