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Teacher of the Year: Sister inspires Hinote to explore education

| Ken Garner
At a time when the news media is reporting record numbers of teachers leaving education, Lauren Hinote chose to trade her career as an insurance agent for the classroom.

It’s worked out so far; earlier this year, her peers chose her as Chumuckla Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year. The first-grade teacher blames her sister, Ashley Drinkard, a third-grade teacher at S.S. Dixon Intermediate School.

Chumuckla Elementary School Teacher of the Year Lauren Hinote explains a reading assignment to one of her first-grade students.


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