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Three Teachers Receive Humanities Awards

Over $10,000 in professional development and school awards
Maryville Daily Times

Three Tennessee teachers received Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities. The award rewards teachers who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities and who encourage the humanities to be an important part of their students’ lives. Each of the winners received a $2,000 fellowship to further their professional development in the humanities, and their schools received $1,500 for humanities programs and materials. Humanities Tennessee congratulates this year's recipients!


  • Lisa Millsaps, English and Journalism, William Blount High School, Maryville. Lisa has been a classroom teacher for thirty years. She will use her professional development award to travel to London, Canterbury, Normandy, and Paris; and her school award to purchase materials for a new class she is developing on local literature using a variety of genres of books from authors native to Blount County. 


  • Corey Dugan, 6th-8th Grade Humanities, Nature’s Way Montessori School, Knoxville. Corey has been a classroom teacher for eight years. He will use the award to take a nine-day tour of the eastern seaboard to explore colonial America, “namely its people, culture, formation, government, and spirit.” He is using his school award for a student project exploring the impact of mountain top removal on the economy, local culture, and the environment.


  • Rita Cochrane, 7th Grade World Geography, David Lipscomb Middle School, Nashville. Rita has taught for twenty two years. Her awards will be used to conduct an interactive cultural exchange between her students and those at a school in Queensland, Australia. The project involves the creation of a cultural film, book exchange between classrooms, and establishing a culture box of artifacts.