Special Education Teacher Earns Excellence Award


Thoughtful, caring, and passionate are three words used frequently to describe Reeds Spring special education teacher Tennile Lee, who received the district’s Excellence Award as Teacher of the Month for September. 

“Mrs. Lee is intuitive about what her students need to be successful,” said Jill Jones, a paraprofessional at Reeds Spring Primary School. 

Mrs. Lee has been an educator for 12 years. Six of those years have been spent at Reeds Spring Primary School. 

“The children that she works with are unlike any other. Many needs, therapies, and concerns that are just endless,” said kindergarten teacher Callie Lewallen. “I feel that this position is made for her and she gives her all to her students.” 

This year, Reeds Spring Schools opened the Excellence Award nomination process to students, staff, parents, and the community. Several people mentioned how Mrs. Lee creatively helped one student overcome a major fear.

“I had the privilege of working in Tennile Lee's classroom,” said retired paraprofessional employee Eva Palikij. “I was always impressed with the way she researched new and interesting ways to help each individual student. She genuinely cares for each student and fellow staff members.”

The Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce and Table Rock Community Bank also honored Mrs. Lee at the recent chamber luncheon.

“We have people who move to our district for our special education department and I truly feel that Tennile Lee is one of the main reasons for that,” Lewallen said.

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