A joy for school led this year’s Monroe County Schools Teacher of the Year into his current career.

Tellico Plains Elementary School Physical Education teacher Ezra Plemons has been named teacher of the year for Monroe County Schools.

Plemons stated the title means a lot to him because it shows that teachers will get recognition for their hard work and dedication.

“I know there are a lot of teachers that are working just as hard, if not harder than, I am but it is nice to be able to be recognized for that,” Plemons expressed. “I was very excited to receive the title this year. It was unexpected and it means a lot to me after all of these years of hard work.”

Plemons believes that he has had a very good career.

“I have grown a lot and learned a lot,” Plemons said. “Every year I try to become a better educator and try to make school fun, more enjoyable and more meaningful for my students.”

He believes one of the things he has learned through his career is better ways to connect and communicate with his students.

“I also learned better ways to convey the material to improve the education process,” he noted.

Plemons became interested in becoming an educator due to his love of school.

“School was my happy place and I have tons of memories from growing up in school,” he stated. “It was just a logical choice. As I grew up, I started to see how much I enjoyed teaching children. I enjoyed their love of life and I wanted to be a part of that in the same way my teachers were for me.”

Plemons graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and acquired his master of sports and exercise science from Cumberland University.

All 17 years that he has been an educator have been spent at Tellico Plains Elementary School.

He is married to his wife, Debbie, who he met at UTC. She is also a teacher at Tellico Plains Elementary school.

They also have one son, Jackson, who is currently in the seventh grade at Tellico Junior High School.

His hobbies include all forms of exercise, such as tennis or riding bikes.

He also really enjoys spending time with his family.

“I consider it a privilege and an honor to work at Tellico Elementary and for Monroe County Schools,” Plemons said. “It just means a lot to me being a Tellico Plains native. It just really means a lot to me to get to serve in the school that meant a lot to me as a child.”

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