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published on 11/18/2008

Red Bank High School teacher wins national honor

Hamilton County Department of Education

Red Bank High School received its fourth national academy honor earlier this month, as Dr. Patti Skates was awarded with the Exemplary Academy Educator of the Year award at the National Career Academy Coalition national convention in Florida.

Dr. Skates is the lead teacher in the Legal Studies/Leadership Academy at Red Bank High School.
“As students focus on careers that include public service, law and the administration of justice, Dr. Skates impacts the lives of students everyday through her classes,” the nomination form, written by Academy Director Susan Thurman states. “She has been instrumental in enabling students in this academy to acquire over 2000 community service hours while working for organizations like the Chattanooga Food Bank, the Ronald McDonald House and the City of Red Bank.”

More than 2500 schools in the country from 40 states attended the national convention to showcase their career academies.

“This honor is another indication of the quality of programs we have in Hamilton County. We are very proud of the outstanding work being done at Red Bank High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Jim Scales. “Red Bank is a leader in career academies in both Hamilton County and the nation. Our community should be very proud.”

Dr. Skates’ honor is nothing new to Red Bank High School. In 2004, Sandra Cox, a health academy teacher, won the Educator of the Year award while Red Bank High School and the Chattanooga Area Hospital District were honored for their partnership. In 2006, the Teaching Academy won Academy of the Year.

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