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Crye Recipient Outstanding TN Leadership Educator Award

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October 24, 2018
The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce congratulates Sherry Crye, Chamber Workforce Development Director, recipient of the prestigious, Robert M. Smith Outstanding Tennessee Leadership Educator Award, presented by the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership. “Sherry has gone above and beyond in her work with the Chamber’s Youth Leadership program and with each individual student that has completed the program,” shared Bernadette Douglas, award nominator and Executive Vice President for the Chamber. “Working with four different schools and counselors and schedules is not easy, throw in dual enrollments, snow days and illness and other might throw up their hands, however Sherry handles all of these moving elements with grace and competence.”
 
Crye was presented the award surrounded by her professional peers at the Association’s 2018 State Leadership Conference held recently in Knoxville.   The Robert M. Smith Outstanding Tennessee Leadership Educator award is sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar leadership program to recognize an individual’s contribution to leadership education in Tennessee. “The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of leadership education either by virtue of a major achievement within the past year or over a number of years through their dedication and service to leadership development within Tennessee,” noted Jack Matthis, Tennessee Association of Community Leadership Chair. TACL, is a volunteer association that builds, supports, and enhances community leadership development in each county across the state.
 
“Sherry takes time to attend events and programs that each member of the leadership class is involved. If she is unable to physically attend, she sends the students encouraging texts. She also takes the time to send them personal notes along with newspaper clippings when she spots them in our local paper,” expressed Tracey Wright, Cleveland State Community College Assistant to the President and Community Development Vice-Chair for the Chamber. “In this day and age where receiving a personal handwritten note is rare, these become very special gems to the youth involved in the program.” Crye was also the first Robert M. Smith Outstanding Tennessee Leadership Educator award recipient to be honored by the TACL, representing a Youth Leadership Program.
 
The Cleveland/Bradley Youth Leadership program is a workforce development initiative of the Chamber of Commerce, with Bradley County and Cleveland City Schools and Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, that seeks to develop leaders who will have a positive impact on the growth and development of Cleveland/Bradley County.  Participation in Chamber Youth Leadership is open to students attending Bradley Central High School, Cleveland High School, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School and Walker Valley High School. A Selection Committee comprised of current and past Leadership Cleveland participants select a group of 26 rising juniors and seniors to join the program each year. Youth Leadership encompasses eight months and gives the students opportunities to learn about the local economy, heritage and tourism, city and county government and services, and health and human services. 
 
“I was very humbled and honored to receive this award,” exclaimed Sherry Crye. “Every day I enjoy all the different aspects of my job but it is a real pleasure to get to know some of the finest students in Cleveland and Bradley County through our Youth Leadership program. We strive to teach them leadership skills that will prepare them for the future and it is very rewarding to see them become leaders after they graduate from the program in college, in their careers and in their personal lives. So it is another reward for me to be able to lead this program.”
 
For information about the program, contact Sherry Crye with the Chamber at 423-472-6587 or visit www.clevelandchamber.com.


Shown in photo (left to right):  Virginia Grimes, WestStar Leadership; Sherry Crye, Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Director and Robert M. Smith Outstanding Tennessee Leadership Educator  Award  recipient ; along with Jack Matthis, Tennessee Association of Community Leadership Chair.
 
Contact:
Joel Henderson, Communications Director
423-472-6587
 

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