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East TN Middle School Teacher Continues Legacy of UT Alumna Marian Oates

Michele Ballard, an eighth-grade teacher at Seymour Middle School in Sevier County, is this year’s winner of the Marian E. Oates Teacher Enrichment Award from UT Knoxville. The award, which includes a scholarship for professional development, will allow Ballard to spend the summer collaborating with Professor Mike McKinney, director of environmental studies in UT’s Department