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Teaching in the Social Media Age with TEA attorney Virginia McCoy 10/20 4:15pm



TEA attorney Virginia McCoy has represented education employees for over 25 years in issues including dismissal, disciplinary suspension, revocation of license, unemployment benefits, unlawful discrimination and retaliation for the exercise of protected rights. Ms. McCoy will use examples from her experience to help teachers make informed decisions concerning their professional responsibilities including the use of electronic media by teachers. She will also cover recent changes in law including tenure.

  • WHERE: Maryville High School, Ruby Tuesday Lecture Hall
  • WHEN: Tuesday, October 20th, 4:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • WHO: ALL school employees (including support staff) in Blount County, Alcoa & Maryville, not just current TEA members!
  • Refreshments will be served

National Board Professional Development Opportunity


Teachers are constantly looking for new ways to expand their professional skill set. One of the ways to grow as a professional is through the National Board Certification process. TEA is pleased to announce a two-day Jump Start training on November 13-14 in Nashville for National Board Certification candidates.

National Board Jump Start is led by a fun and dynamic training team of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). The training will cover Foundations (NBCT Standards and Process overview) on Friday evening from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Component 2 (Differentiation in Instruction) and Component 3 (Teaching Practice and Learning Environment) will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Seating is limited. Preference will be given to educators who have an NBPTS candidate ID number. Register with NBPTS at

An application for the training can be downloaded here.

The application should be completed and returned to Deborah Bonner at on or before Friday, October 30, 2015, along with your $25 registration fee. The application can also be mailed to:

            Deborah Bonner, Associate
            Instructional Advocacy
            Tennessee Education Association
            801 Second Avenue North
            Nashville, TN 37201



September 17th, 7pm, Blount County Courthouse Room 430.  Wear Red!

The County Commission will vote on changes to your insurance.

The proposed changes: 

  • Increase everyone’s premium at least $50 per month. (employee-only $60)
  • Do not increase the county’s portion of the premium
  • Increase retirees’ premiums
  • Increase both deductibles and out of pocket maximums.
  • In short, will cost all employees and retirees more.

What can you do?

Details of proposed plan changes here – taken from Agenda Committee Packet, Sept. 8th.

UPDATE: The County Commission Agenda committee discussed the resolution to change insurance at length on Tuesday, September 8th. Ultimately, the resolution as seen here was sent to the full commission: There were three motions to amend that failed, one to leave current retirees alone by Commissioner Caskey, one to lower the out of pocket maximum in the recommendation to $3000 by Commissioner Moon, and one to lower the out of pocket maximum in the recommendation to $2500 by Commissioner Caskey. Commissioners Stinnett and Lewis made several comments against the proposed amendments. You can listen to the insurance portion of the meeting below, or read brief notes on the discussion.


Edited to remove errors.

How do you kick off a new school year in your classroom?


Welcome back!

Start your new year off right with inspiration from other educators.

Salary Schedule and pay dates for 2015-2016


Find them on the Salary Schedules link or on the Blount County Schools Human Resources page under forms.

Teachers’ new gross pay amount will start August 3. Divide new salary by 26 and that will be the gross on August 3 and forward.  Brand new teachers will not get their first check until August 17. You should be on the step that matches your years of experience. 

Pay dates


Click this link for payroll dates.
Certified staff use the first page.

Do you like helping teachers with Professional Development?


TEA Professional Development Cadre

The TEA Instructional Advocacy Team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted from members interested in serving on the TEA Professional Development Cadre. Those selected for the cadre will participate in training-of-trainers (ToT), where they will be prepared to deliver effective and objective based professional development sessions on such topics as classroom management, educator professionalism and cyber safety.

If selected, potential cadre members must successfully complete the three-day Training of Trainers (ToT) scheduled for June 23-25, 2015, in Nashville. TEA will cover lodging, mileage and meals associated with the training. Interested members should possess quality public speaking skills, good interpersonal and intergroup relational skills, and knowledge of current trends in teacher best practices. In addition, those selected must possess the ability to grasp adult learning styles and train adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Upon completing the training, participants will be skilled to deliver professional development sessions throughout Tennessee on behalf of TEA.

Click here to download a copy of the TEA Cadre Application. If you are interested, the application should be completed and returned to Deborah Bonner at  on or before Wednesday, June 5, 2015. If there are questions, please feel free to contact Terrance Gibson at 800.342.8367 or


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