2016 President's Award Winner

Congratulations to Byron Booker!


The 2016 President's Award recipient is Byron Booker. He has served as a teacher and administrator with the Knox County Schools since 2004. Presently serves as an Assistant Principal at Austin-East School of the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his masters’ degree in TESOL from Carson-Newman University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

In 2012, Byron was selected as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year. He served on the Praxis National Advisory Committee and Praxis ESOL Test Development Committee for Educational Testing Service, Tennessee TESOL Board of Directors, and the Tennessee First to the Top Advisory Council. He has taught abroad at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Japan, China, and Russia. For the last five years, he has taught as an adjunct professor for the School of Education at Carson-Newman University.

Cary Wright, TNTESOL President, chose him as the 2016 President’s Award recipient because of the great value he adds to TNTESOL, and all the time and effort he invests in our organization. Byron became a member in 2003, and started learning the ropes of what the board did and what responsibilities were. He was appointed as the Parliamentarian and Historian in March 2007, and has been re-appointed each year ever since. He represented TNTESOL on the SETESOL Council 2011, 2012, and 2013, and also served as conference chair for SETESOL 2012. In 2015, he was appointed as Advocacy Representative at the TESOL Advocacy Summit.

Tennessee TESOL is a professional, non-profit association whose purposes are to promote scholarship, to disseminate information, to strengthen at all levels instruction and research in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages or dialects, to advocate for and support local, state, and national initiatives that will assure access to educational programs for students learning English as an additional language, and to cooperate in appropriate ways with other groups having similar concerns.

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