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King University Alumna Amanda Peace (’13) Named Teacher of the Year

Amanda Countiss PeaceBRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 15, 2018 – Amanda Countiss Peace, 2013 graduate of King University, has been named Teacher of the Year for Haynesfield Elementary School and District 5-8 Teacher of the Year for the Bristol Tennessee School District. She will represent Bristol Tennessee City Schools (BTCS) in the state process for consideration for State-wide Teacher of the Year.

Peace was nominated for Haynesfield’s Teacher of the Year by her peers. With a laugh, she said, “I certainly didn’t think I would receive the award. It was a true blessing to know the other staff felt I was deserving. This makes you feel like you are making a real difference in the lives of others.” Haynesfield Principal Dr. Rachel Walk submitted a letter for the District 5-8 Teacher of the Year award, to which Peace received.

Dr. Walk said of Peace, “Mrs. Peace distinguishes herself as an exemplary educator who sets high standards for herself and her students. Mrs. Peace is a content expert in sixth grade reading/language arts and social studies. Her knowledge and skill set enable her to engage and extend all students. She is an innovator, motivator, and leader in our school. Her enthusiasm and positive disposition is second to none. Parents and students hold her in high regard. Mrs. Amanda Peace has certainly earned the title as both the Haynesfield and BTCS teacher of the year.” 

Coming from a long line of educators, Peace always knew she would be a teacher. She recalls telling her first grade teacher she wanted to teach first-grade just like her; she told the same to her second-grade teacher. “Teaching is just in my blood,” said Peace.

The Kingsport native studied to become an elementary education K-6 teacher, earning her baccalaureate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from King College in 2013. Peace was a member of the final class to graduate under the identity of King College before the school transitioned to University in June 2013. Peace also obtained a certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) PreK-12 and is certified to teach any curriculum through eighth grade and English through grade twelve.

Peace completed her student teaching at Avoca Elementary School with first- and fifth-grades. Her practicum teaching took place with BTCS Elementary with grades K-6 and ESL, as well as with Bristol Virginia Middle School where she taught seventh-grade English.

“I was expecting to serve as an interim teacher at Avoca,” said Peace. “Then, I received a call asking if I would be interested in a full-time teaching position at Haynesfield; I, of course, said yes. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to teach full-time right out of school.”

In addition to her work as a sixth grade Language Arts teacher at Haynesfield, Peace also has the privilege to teach an elective technology-based course for students. “I had a positive experience in broadcast journalism when I was in middle school. I thought it would be great to offer this same experience to our students. Through the class, we have developed a video-taped news show called WHES News 10. We have about 30 minutes-a-day each week, and we broadcast each Friday on The show includes everything from Haynesfield specific topics to sports to happenings in our local community. The students audition and complete a job application to be part of the program. It is an exciting class for all involved; the kids love it.”


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