Dr. Jamie Freeman, Social Studies teacher at David Crockett High School and U.S. Army veteran, was awarded the Stephen L. Fisher Award for Teacher Excellence (k-12) at the 44th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. This award honors individuals dedicated to intellectual rigor and pedagogical integrity in constructing and delivering inclusive knowledge about Appalachia and its people.
Nominators noted Dr. Freeman’s excellent work with students through classes in Economics, history, and Human Geography as well as his outstanding development of a popular elective course in Appalachian Studies.
“I am deeply honored and earnestly grateful to be the recipient of the Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching. I would like to thank the Appalachian Studies Association Education Committee and Dr. Ron Roach, Chair/Professor, Department of Appalachian Studies- ETSU Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, for considering me for this great honor”, Freeman said. “I would also like to thank my colleagues, Principal Wright, and students at David Crockett High School for supporting the endeavor of designing and developing an Appalachian Studies course”.
The Stephen L. Fisher Award for Teacher Excellence is sponsored by East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Service. Dr. Freeman will receive a $250 cash prize in recognition of his achievement from the Appalachian Studies Association.