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Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Bledsoe!

“Legendary,” is how Hickory Flat Elementary School’s Principal describes teacher Jennifer Bledsoe.

The 17-year teacher is known for the care she shows students and her creative lessons that go beyond the textbook.


One of those lessons is kindness, exemplified by the school’s #BeKind campaign, and which has come full circle for her. Ms. Bledsoe’s daughter was born with a syndrome that affected her physical development, and students sometimes were hurtful.

“I’ve witnessed the change of atmosphere as each class embraced kindness, acceptance and the masterpiece of each student,” she said, noting now that her own daughter comes home from school laughing instead of crying.

Ms. Bledsoe made her own contribution to the campaign: manners lessons for fifth-graders, which included a visit to an assisted living center to practice their skills and an “Amazing Shake” finale event with local leaders.

In her own words: “When kindness as a choice permeates each conversation, you create an atmosphere of trust and acceptance that leads to deeper understanding in and outside the classroom.”

PHOTO: Celebrating at “Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration” are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Hickory Flat Elementary School 2018 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Bledsoe and Hickory Flat Elementary School Principal Whitney Nolan.

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