This evening, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Missy Testerman, an educator from Rogersville City Schools known for her compassion and dedication to her students and community, was named the 2023-24 Tennessee Teacher of the Year at the department’s annual Excellence in Education celebration.
Missy Testerman, an English as a Second Language instructor at Rogersville Elementary School in Rogersville City Schools, has been teaching for 31 years and is viewed as a leader, mentor, and advocate in her school. She serves as President of the Rogersville Education Association, is on the Rogersville City School Teacher Leadership team, is a mentor for new teachers, and participates in the Readers are Leaders Program. Additionally, she serves as the Summer Camps Coordinator for Rogersville City Schools and serves on multiple boards and committees in the school and the community.
“Congratulations to all the educators honored at the Teacher of the Year celebration,” said Lizzette Reynolds, Commissioner of Education. “Each awardee demonstrates excellence in education and serves as a model on how to support their students and communities. I am especially thrilled to congratulate Ms. Testerman as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year and look forward to working with her in the year to come.”
Missy Testerman will represent Tennessee in the National Teacher of the Year competition and serve as an ambassador for education in the state throughout the 2023-24 school year. She follows the 2022-23 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, Dr. Melissa Collins, a second-grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School in Memphis-Shelby County Schools.