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Chamber thanks teachers
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Kilough Elementary School teacher Kay Wiley talks with second grade student Jade Payne, 7, about a paper she wrote. Wiley was selected as districtwide teacher of the year for 2010-11. - photo by File photo

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Schoolwide teachers of the year were also honored at the luncheon, including:

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Becky Guisasola, Blacks Mill Elementary School

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Lori Hubbard, Robinson Elementary School

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Randall Harris, Riverview Middle School

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Jonathan Tinsley, Dawson County Middle School

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Nickie Rogers, Dawson County High School

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Lauren Hinton, Hightower Academy

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The link between business and education cannot be understated, according to Linda Williams.

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It all comes back to education, said the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce president. Teachers are educating the future workforce.

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Members of the business community came together last week to honor the Dawson County School Systems teachers of the year.

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The systems overall 2010-11 teacher of the year got to say a few words to the crowd of more than 100 at the March 10 Dawson County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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Its been a journey, said Kilough Elementary second-grade teacher Kay Wiley. Its been a pleasure teaching in Dawson County, and Im honored to be here.

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Wileys boss, Principal Lois Zangara, got the chance to brag on the 32-year veteran of the local school system.

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Day in and day out, I can say that she is a rock to all the people around her and to all her students, Zangara said. She comes to school with a passion and a joy.

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Its the second time Wiley has won the award. She was systemwide teacher of the year in 1990-91 as well.

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Superintendent Keith Porter thanked the chamber of commerce for its support of teachers like Wiley.

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I think it speaks volumes each year when the business community comes together to recognize educators, Porter said.

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Added Porter: Whenever I have a bad day, all I have to do is step into a classroom and see the great things our teachers are doing and see those kids who are thirsty for knowledge.

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