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Houston band leader named Teacher of the Year

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Houston High School band leader Jim Smith was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year last week at the Germantown Education Commission’s annual Education Celebration.

Students and teachers were honored for excellence on Thursday as administrators, teachers, students, parents and members of the Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen looked on.

Smith has led Houston’s acclaimed marching band for 25 years, bringing home more than 50 overall marching band championships. He was honored for his commitment to ensuring his band students learn to be responsible, productive adults, in addition to their music. Smith will retire after this year of school.

The Teacher of the Year is selected from the Education Commission’s Teacher of the Month award winners and was sponsored this year by First Capital Bank.
Houston Middle School’s Katie Prentice took the title of Germantown’s New Teacher of the Year.

Prentice, who teaches sixth grade math at HMS, was nominated and selected for her contagious positive attitude, commitment to volunteerism and her ability to connect with students at all levels.

The New Teacher of the Year must be in their first year as a teacher. Nominations are made by school administrators or parents of students. The New Teacher of the Year was sponsored by Leadership Germantown Alumni Association.

The 2016 Youth Excellence Scholarship was awarded to Alyssa Neuberger, a senior at Briarcrest Christian School.

Neuberger was among the monthly 2015-16 Youth Excellence Award winners and was honored for academic excellence and her work with under privileged children. The Youth Excellence Scholarship was sponsored by Principle Toyota.

The Education Celebration is the culmination of the Education Commission’s work which includes selecting monthly teacher and student award winners and the Battle of the Brains math and science competition. The commission is currently seeking applicants.

For additional information on commission appointments, contact City Clerk Michele Betty at or 757-7251.

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