Knox County Schools honored some of the best and brightest teachers who are making a big impact on East Tennessee students.

The district presented its Teacher of the Year awards Tuesday evening in Downtown Knoxville

A teacher from each school was honored. Three teachers received the overall grade awards. Kristin Risdahl, who teaches fourth grade at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, Merry Anderson, who teaches eighth grade at Karns Middle School, and Leslie Howe, who teaches computer science at Farragut High School were all honored.

School leaders say the stand-out teachers have touched lives in their classrooms and community.

"We looked for folks who number one reach and teach children every single day who made teaching sing and dance for their children every single day. We look for people who are active members in the school and we looked for people who are very active in the community," said Nancy Mayland, executive director of elementary education.

The three winners will go on to the state Teacher of the Year competition.

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