KINGSPORT ‚¬ Kingsport City Schools Supervisor of School Nutrition Services Jennifer Burleson has been selected as the Preceptor of the Year Area 5 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Burleson was unable to attend the meeting in Houston where she was honored, but did receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend the annual meeting next year in Atlanta.

This award recognizes the work that Burleson does with the eight to ten ETSU graduate nutrition interns sent through Kingsport City Schools each year. She was nominated for this award by ETSU Professor, Eileen Cress, a member of the Nutrition and Dietetic Education and Preceptors Group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Preceptor of the Year Area 5 award covers District Five including states Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

During her career, Burleson has been voted Dietitian of the Year (2009-2010) and Outstanding Dietetics Educator (2008-2009) by members of the Tri-Cities District Dietetic Association. She served as president of the Tri-Cities Dietetic Association from June 2007 ‚¬ June 2008 and president-elect from June 2006 – June 2007. She is also a member of the Tennessee Dietetic Association, American Dietetic Association and the Tennessee Dietetic Associations Child Nutrition Task Force. She currently serves as the First Tennessee District Representative with the Tennessee School Nutrition Association.

Burleson has been the supervisor of school nutrition services for Kingsport City Schools since July 2007.

She and her husband reside in Elizabethton.

Kingsport‚ City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused ‚¬¦ World Class.

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