TASSW Awards

“Beverly Diane Taylor, School Social Worker of the Year”| “Friend To Children”

“Beverly Diane Taylor, School Social Worker of the Year Award”

“Beverly Diane Taylor, School Social Worker of the Year”

Like the scholarship, this award was created in 1996, being first awarded in 1997. The selection process and criteria for the award have evolved, varying between district or regional recognition, and a “statewide” award. Although there are many deserving candidates, having one recipient will then enable TASSW to submit that person’s application to the Southern Council and/or SSWAA to compete for the national award.

TASSW members may nominate fellow members by submitting the form below to the address listed on the bottom of the form.

If you are interested in nominating someone for the School Social Worker of the Year Award, please email Hillary Keith, Chair @

Please click on this link to download the application; SCHOOL-SOCIAL-WORKER-OF-THE-YEAR-AWARD-4

Previous award recipients are partially listed below:

The 2010 School Social Worker of the Year Award goes to : Linda McCullough

State Awards, as follows:

Karen Phillips North West District 2009
Judy Claxton Knox County Schools 2008
Lynn Ferrell Rutherford County Schools 2007
Claudia Lisenby Metro- Nashville Schools 2006
Darcus Greene Memphis City Schools 2006
Sherry Bell Jackson-Madison County Schools 2005
Judith Barker Hamilton County Schools 2004
Beverly English Rutherford County Schools 2003
Janet Little Metro-Nashville Schools 2002
Carol Collins Hamilton County Schools 2001


District Awards are as follows:

Marilyn Goodman Northeast District 1999
Vickie Fleming South Central District 1999
Barbara Gray South Central District 1999
Barbara Rosenblatt South East District 1999
Grover Alford East District 1999
Beverly Diane Taylor Upper Cumberland 1999
Rose Rassmussen First District 1999
Terry Housteau-Hill Knox County 1998


“Beverly Diane Taylor, Friend To Children” Award

The “Friend To Children” Award originally began as an award to a Tennessee legislator who focused special attention on social welfare issues. Now, it is presented each year to any Tennessean who is not a social worker, but who has, nevertheless, worked to improve the lives of Tennessee school children. This recipient may have achieved these improvements through a direct-service agency, through a charity aimed at children, or through the promotion of child focused, public policy.


TASSW is pleased to announce the 2010 “Friend to Children” award goes to: Bethel Bible Village

Beginning as the vision of one man to intervene on behalf of prisoner’s children, Bethel Bible Village was founded by prison evangelist Floyd Hipp.  Reverend Hipp took a step of faith to provide food, shelter and an education to six homeless boys in 1954.

Fifty-six years later, Bethel continues to provide food, shelter and education.  Located in Hixson, Bethel’s 65 acre campus offers safe, nurturing and Christ-centered homes to children of families in crisis.  In addition to providing a home, Bethel’s residential services for children include counseling, independent living skills training, behavior modification and family intervention.  These services are offered in four homes on campus.

Through the intervention of staff and programs offered at Bethel, children and youth understand they are special and can succeed in life.  Hope for the future is realized as they are introduced to Jesus Christ and empowered to fulfill all of their God given potential.

Previous award recipients are partially listed below:


Sherry L. Mahar Juvenile Law Attorney 2009
Charles Scruggs Host of “Hello Mr. Chuck” 2008
Jim Hargrove Director of West Main Mission- Murfreesboro,TN 2007
John Harris Director of Disabled Student Services- MTSU 2007
Amy Grant Entertainer 2006
“The Barnabas Project” Jackson/Madison County 2005
Anissa Lyttle Founder of “New Clothes for Kids” 2004
Debbie L. Colburn School Board 2003
Bill Williams East Tennessee Newsman 2002
Johnnie B. Watson Supt MCS 2001
Dolly Parton Entertainer 2000
Lois DeBerry State Representative 1999
Chuck Cagle Attorney 1998
N. Gerri House Supt MCS 1997
Tommie Brown State Representative 1996
Thelma Harper Senator 1996
Bill Purcell Nashville Mayor 1995