By Kris Freeman for White House High School
WHITE HOUSE – The faculty and staff of White House High School announced the 2019-2020 WHHS Teacher of the Year on Friday morning, recognizing geometry teacher Bethni Tucker with the prestigious honor.
Tucker is a 13-year veteran teacher, in her second year at White House after 11 years at Hendersonville High School. She teaches geometry honors and standard, and has also taught algebra one and two. She is a Hendersonville High School graduate in 2001 and majored in math with a minor in secondary education and entrepreneurship at Middle Tennessee State University.
This was her first teaching award, and she is one of many award winners across the county as Sumner County Schools honors one teacher at each school location.
“I was truly surprised when I found out I was the recipient of the teacher of the year award,” Tucker said. “I don’t feel like I deserve it, but I am truly honored. I have really enjoyed the last two years working here at WHHS. This school is a huge family and from the first day they have welcomed me in.”
Tucker was introduced as the award winner on Friday’s mornings professional learning meeting with teachers and staff at White House High School.
“Bethni is not only a level five teacher, but she also brings such a creative and welcoming learning environment for our students, and this is the type of teacher that we want to celebrate all across our county,” said principal Ann Miller. “All of our staff and teachers are outstanding and she is an incredible example of our faculty. We are very thankful and excited to be able to honor her as a representation of our school this year.”
Tucker is a resident of Sumner and married to Mark. She has two daughters, Jordyn (12) and Rowyn (7).
“I enjoy getting to teach in a community I live in, and interact with my students in the classroom and the community,” she said. “The administration is super supportive of me and great to work with. The staff and students here are all amazing.”
Assistant principal Kyle Craighead is also in his second year with the school, and sees the positive energy from the collective group of veteran teachers and new members of the staff at White House.
“She brings an innovative approach to the classroom that is an excellent example to our students and teachers,” Craighead explained. “Not only does she have a creative learning environment, but she is an excellent servant of our students and uses individualized instruction with students to achieve mastery and academic success.”
Tucker said this is a big part of her teaching experience.
“I’ve really made some great connections with the kids and I truly love seeing them grow and learn every day.”
The administrative staff all echoed the same principles in regards to her servant heart and leadership of her classroom and community.
“She is an outstanding teacher and brings a lot of energy to the classroom and sets high expectations for the students” said White House assistant principal Lynne Hall. “Her energy is contagious, and she builds a culture in her classroom that sets the tone for other teachers around her that also helps our kids excel.”