2020 Teacher of the Year:
Dane Weaver grew up in a service-based household. His mother, who was the first female agriculture teacher in the State of Tennessee, believed in inspiring others through education. Dane Weaver serves as the 7th-12th grade social studies teacher in Ten Sleep, and has served in this role for 3 years. He is also the Assistant High School Football Coach, High School Student Council Advisor, and serves on the Building Intervention Team. Weaver is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, having earned a bachelor of art and then a master’s in educational leadership from Carson Newman College. Previously, Weaver served as a teacher in Jackson, Tennessee. There he served as a Teacher Coach, aiding new and struggling teachers by teaching best practices in the classroom. He was awarded Teacher of the Year in Jackson Madison County in 2016. Weaver believes students should not only be educated but inspired to be lifelong learners. His classroom is full of energy with students driving the content towards a higher level of understanding. Weaver pushes students to investigate the content with a curious mind, breaking away from the drudgery of the traditional “sage of the stage” style education. Most importantly, Weaver believes in building relationships with his students. This relationship is fostered by a genuine caring for the students’ well-being, and a noticeable excitement every time he sees his students. According to Weaver, the best way to get students hooked in a classroom is a caring attitude.