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Hamilton Co. Teachers of Year Announced

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By David Carroll

dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- Three Hamilton County teachers will get the royal treatment on Friday March 26, as part of their reward for being selected as Teachers of the Year.

Joey Gaby of Tyner Academy, John Echols of Center for Creative Arts Middle School and Linda McMurray of Lakeside Academy will be treated to a limo ride from their school to the Chattanoogan.  They'll enjoy lunch with several Hamilton County Schools administrators and their principals.

Ms. Gaby is chair of the Science department at Tyner, and teaches chemistry.  She serves on several district and state committees.  She won the 2002 Southeastern US High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year award, and the 2000 Chattanooga Area High School Chemistry Teacher award.  She has a BA in Chemistry from UTC and an MS in Chemistry from UTK.  As a Grand Division winner in Teacher of the Year, Ms. Gaby will compete for the statewide honor.

Mr. Echols has taught at CCA since 2002, and is leader of the school's sixth grade team.  He sponsors National Junior Honor Society, Middle School Model United Nations and Destination Imagination.  He volunteers at First Baptist Church and with Hope for the Inner City.

He has a BS in Theater and English from Oral Roberts University and a Masters of Arts in English/Rhetoric and Composition from UTC.  His wife, Roberta Echols teaches at CSLA.

Ms. McMurray is a kindergarten teacher at Lakeside Academy.  She has taught kindergarten for 28 years, the last 15 at Lakeside.   She has a B. S. degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's Degree in Education.  She serves as chairman of the School Wide Positive Behavior Support System at Lakeside.  She is a member of Concord Baptist Church, serving in the
Children's Department.

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