This year's theme was "Everyone In For Education," which featured general sessions, workshops, clinics and an exhibit hall.
School board members across the state earn honors as part of the annual session. Bedford County's District 1 representative Dixie Parker was honored with selection to the All-Tennessee School Board for 2012, one of only two mid-state school board members to be named.
Other members of 2012 All Tennessee School Board include Sherry Badger, Franklin Special School District; Keys Fillauer, Oak Ridge; Dr. Don McNelly, Blount County; Randall Montgomery, Kingsport and Mike Treadway, Blount County. Dr. Nancy Williamson of Oneida Special School District was named the 2012 Tennessee School Board Member of the Year and awarded the C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award Winner and Chairman of the All Tennessee School Board.
All Tennessee School Board criteria include: achievement of the Level IV Boardsmanship Award; a high quality of service, with an emphasis on the previous 12 months; participation in board development activities with emphasis on the previous 12 months; specific accomplishments of the local board of education during the nominee's term on the board; and leadership activities at the local, regional or state level.
Within Parker's nomination for the honor a fellow school board member stated, "Her love for education is evident in all that she does." The nomination also included a statement from the county's superintendent, "Her commitment to the children of our county is unquestionable and she is driven by her desire to help every single person."
Parker is a Bedford County native and a life-long resident of Bell Buckle. She is a 1963 graduate of Bell Buckle High School, completed LPN training through the Bedford County school system in 1967 and later attended Middle Tennessee State University. She is married to George Thomas Parker and is the mother of two sons, Kenny and David Parker, both educators in the Bedford County school system. She has five grandchildren.