State Rep. Tandy Darby congratulates Gleason School teacher of the year finalist


State Rep. Tandy Darby, R-Greenfield, today recognized Gleason School teacher Sherri Brawner for being named a finalist for the 2024-25 Tennessee Teacher of the Year award.

Brawner is among nine finalists for the award statewide. The recognition is presented annually by the Tennessee Department of Education to exceptional educators that prioritize the needs of all children, devote themselves to enriching the lives of students and demonstrate exceptional gains in student achievement.

“I am extremely proud of Sherri Brawner for being named a finalist for Tennessee Teacher of the Year,” Darby said. “This well-deserved honor highlights her dedication to supporting students and seeing them succeed in the classroom. I appreciate the outstanding work of our incredible educators in Weakley County and across Tennessee.”

The finalists will have the opportunity to serve on the department’s Tennessee Teacher Advisory Council for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years. The council includes expert teachers who engage with the department and other state agencies throughout the academic year.

In order to qualify for the award, candidates much have been teaching full-time for at least three years, have a record of exceptional gains in student learning, and be effective school and community leaders.

The 2024-25 Tennessee Teacher of the Year, along with three winners from each grand division, will be announced during the 65th Anniversary of the Tennessee Teacher of the Year celebration this fall.

Additional information about the award can be found here.

State Rep. Tandy Darby represents House District 76, which includes Weakley and part of Carroll and Henry counties.