Rogersville teacher named National Teacher of the Year

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Missy Testerman, an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Director and teacher at Rogersville City School, was named the 2024 National Teacher of the Year on Wednesday.

Testerman will spend the next year serving as an ambassador and advocate for all teachers and students across the nation, the Tennessee Department of Education said in a release.

This spring, Testerman will travel across the country to engage in education advocacy, elevate issues educators face in the classroom and more.

Testerman was announced as the winner on CBS Mornings.

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“Congratulations to Rogersville Elementary’s Missy Testerman on being named Tennessee’s first National Teacher of the Year in more than 35 years,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “Teaching is more than a career, it’s a calling. I join all Tennesseans in thanking Missy for her dedication to students, preparing them to thrive in the classroom and beyond. We look forward to cheering her on as she engages with educators nationwide.”

In August 2023, Testerman was named the 2023-24 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. She has since been named one of the fourth National Teacher of the Year finalists on Jan. 24.

East Tennessee State University issued its own congratulations to Testerman Wednesday. She received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Master of Arts in reading education at ETSU.

“Missy Testerman is an exemplar of what it means to be a teacher and ETSU alum bettering the lives of people through education,” Dr. Janna Scarborough, dean of the Clemmer College of Education and Human Development, stated in a news release. “She followed her passion to serve children, and as she saw a need arise in her community, she went back to school to earn her English as a second language credential to more effectively reach a unique population. In doing so, she has built bridges and fostered a community of success and belongingness for all students.”

Scarborough said Testerman spoke to ETSU faculty and students recently and shared her education story.

Testerman has taught at Rogersville City Schools since 1992 and is currently in her 32nd year. She received her ESL licensure through Freed-Hardeman University.

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