Former Cumberland Softball Standout Jessica Roper Named 2024 Wilson County Teacher of the Year

Jessica Roper (photo credit Angie Meyers)
Jessica Roper (photo credit Angie Meyers)

LEBANON, Tenn.– Former Cumberland softball All-American Jessica Roper has been named the 2024 Wilson County Teacher of the Year.

Jessica, a third-grade teacher at Southside School, was selected from a pool of 33 educators representing public and private schools and was recognized at a ceremony hosted by Cumberland on Friday.

Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in child growth and learning and a master’s degree in teaching and special education from Cumberland University. Over the past eight years, she has taught full-time at Southside School while also serving as the head softball coach.

Beyond her achievements in the classroom, Jessica boasts an impressive athletic career. Notably, she was honored as the 2014 Mid-South Conference Player of the Year and received NAIA All-American Second Team recognition in the same season. Throughout her softball career, she secured first team all-conference in 2014 and second team all-conference in 2013, wrapping up with impressive stats including 131 games played, a .383 batting average, and 18 home runs.

The Teacher of the Year recipients from each school were chosen by their fellow educators, and the overall winner for the county was selected by a panel of Cumberland University education faculty members. In recognition of her achievement, Jessica was presented with a plaque commemorating her outstanding contributions, along with a monetary award of $3,000. Additionally, Southside School was awarded $1,000 in acknowledgment of Jessica’s exceptional dedication and impact.

Source: Cumberland Sports
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