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Tennessee Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn Visits Cannon County Schools

Posted Apr 19, 2021

Tennessee Commissioner of Education Dr. Penny Schwinn visited Cannon County on Friday April 16. She came with a videographer and photographer from Chiefs for Change, a national network of state and district leaders who work to support best work for students, schools, and districts.

They are compiling a feature on Tennessee’s efforts and will highlight Cannon County schools on a nation-wide scale.

Commissioner Schwinn visited Woodland Elementary School where she visited students in Mrs. Amber Phillip’s 3rd grade class and joined in a reading lesson. She interacted with students in the hallways as well and made her way down to a 6th grade Social Studies class taught by Mr. Brian Parker.

Commissioner Schwinn also visited Cannon County High School where she met with students and teachers in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The Commissioner also toured the Carpentry Shop and stopped by the CCHS greenhouse and examined many plants grown by Plant Science students.

At the Stratton Bone Agricultural Pavilion, the Commissioner participated with the class in an activity that involved bottle feeding goats and she assisted in the vaccination of one of the goats.

Her final two stops were the CCHS CTE Health Sciences class where the students were practicing real-life scenarios, and the Coffee Shop run by CCHS Business students called “The Hub.”

Director of Cannon County Schools William F. Curtis said, “We were very proud of Our Cannon County Schools Family and showcased the great teaching and learning taking place in regard to High Quality curriculum in action at the 3rd Grade level and our Civics Education program at Woodland Elementary School.

Our Career-Technical Education Program at Cannon County High School really demonstrated our commitment to our students to provide real-world experiences. An added bonus was having the personnel of the Chiefs for Change organization to showcase our students and teachers in Cannon County.”


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