Centerstone Names Teacher/Counselor of the Year

Lewisburg Resident Recognized for Outstanding Service to Children, Families

Fayetteville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral healthcare services, has named Tammi Ricketts Teacher/Counselor of the Year. Ricketts, prevention specialist for the organization’s Intensive Focus Program, is based out of Centerstone’s Fayetteville office.

Ricketts received the honor for her outstanding service to youth in Lincoln and Marshall county schools. The Intensive Focus Program provides education and social skills development to children at risk for abusing alcohol and drugs.

“Tammi has been able to inspire other faculty members by offering ideas, advice and suggestions to handle many student situations,” said Mae Rambo, guidance counselor at Westhills School. “I’m also very thankful for all of the guidance she gives the children.”

Ricketts has worked for Centerstone since August 2001, and serves youth in Maury, Lincoln, Franklin and Marshall Counties. She lives in Lewisburg.

Now that Ricketts has received a local award, she is eligible for nationwide honors through the American Re-Education Association (AREA). It recognizes the contributions of teachers and counselors who work with children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral problems. AREA comprises dozens of member and sponsor agencies that provide mental health services throughout the United States.