Gail Hassell (84), a 25-year teaching veteran, was named as Wilson County Teacher of the Week for the week of October 7, 2009. She teaches at Walter J. Baird Middle School in a comprehensive development classroom. Gail says she became a teacher because she loved being around children. Originally she planned to major in elementary education, but took a class in special need to obtain information to assist her father, who was confined to a wheelchair. The rest is history. She was hooked and took every class she could get involving special needs. She graduated from Belmont in 1984, where she also played basketball.