Posted on October 4, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded three first grade teachers at Woodmore Elementary School in Chattanooga - Heidi Cofer, Lynda Land and Penny King - for receiving the U.S. Department of Education's "American Star of Teaching Award." In a surprise ceremony today all three will be honored by Kerri Briggs, a special assistant with the U. S. Department of Education. "Education is the most sacred obligation we have to our children, and having strong teachers is the first step to meeting that promise," said Frist. "May the dedication, passion and achievements of Heidi Cofer, Lynda Land and Penny King serve as inspiration to teachers throughout Tennessee and across America." "Senator Frist and I are proud of these three outstanding Tennessee teachers," said Alexander. "We are pleased to join the Department of Education in recognizing their hard work and commitment to improving the quality of education for Woodmore students." Woodmore Elementary is a Title I School with over 97 percent of the student body minority and from a disadvantaged background. Beginning in 2000, Chattanooga and Hamilton County school officials targeted Woodmore and other inner city schools to raise student achievement. Educators across the country will be recognized as "American Stars of Teaching" to focus more attention on effective classroom teachers who are successful in improving the academic performance of their students and that are making a real difference in their students' lives. "American Stars of Teaching" have been identified in every state and the District of Columbia and represent all grade levels and disciplines.