Thursday 27th February 2020

Martin, Tenn. – Carrie Jones, an agriculture and science teacher at Inman Middle School, is a member of the second WestTeach class, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program.
Jones is one of 22 educators from across the region to participate in the 2019-20 program, which seeks to connect West Tennessee’s teachers with the region’s communities and industries and give them increased insight into the economic needs and opportunities of the area.
The program, founded in 2018, provides professional development for participants over a five-month period. Program sessions are held across West Tennessee, and topics include West Tennessee Agriculture (held Aug. 26 in Martin), entrepreneurship in West Tennessee (held Aug. 27 in Union City), the humanity of leadership (Sept. 24 in Jackson), partnerships for economic development (Oct. 29 in Dyersburg) and industry tours (Nov. 26 in Covington and Brownsville).
All applicants were nominated by their principal and the director or superintendent of schools. Selection is based on leadership achievements and the potential to contribute to the region’s education system. One teacher per school district is selected with no more than 30 members per class.
For more information, contact Virginia Grimes, WestStar program coordinator, at 731-881-7298 or email