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31 Jul 2022
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Whether it’s a mother, a pastor, a teacher or a friend- everyone has a hero.  Many are behind the scenes, doing the thankless work that keeps our communities going.  They are sacrificing their time and talents for the betterment of others and the world around them.  Heroes like this are the backbone of our communities.   

Mountain Laurel Chalets is proudly sponsoring a new campaign called Hometown Heros. This allows us the opportunity to recognize those from all across the country that truly embody Mountain Laurel's core values.  

Here at Mountain Laurel, we believe: 

  • Family Matters 

  • In Exceeding Expectations

  • We are Generous Stewards 

Each of our heroes is nominated by someone who sees the way they love and serve others day in and day out.  Winners are selected by our team and awarded a complimentary three night stay at one of our beautiful chalets.  They will receive a true hero's welcome with many exciting giveaways and opportunities for unique activities only Gatlinburg can offer.  

Please join us as we take a look at our first hero, Mr. Brian Harris. Mr. Harris is the choir director at Meigs County High School in Meigs County, Tennessee. According to his nominator, he always goes above and beyond with the students in his class. Whether it’s helping  them discover their talents and interests, or encouraging them to pursue their heart's desires no matter if it goes against the grain; Mr. Harris is an advocate for every student that he teaches. He has been a light for all the students in his classroom, specifically to one student in particular. 

When this student felt like they were alone, and did not feel supported by others in their interests of singing, acting, movies, and video games, Mr. Harris was there to support, encourage, and help him blossom in his talents. He taught this student that no matter what your gift is, there is a great big world out there where everyone’s gifts are needed. Because Mr. Harris poured into this student, he is now going to attend Carson Newman University to become a music educator. Mr. Harris’ dedication to his students inspired this student to do the same for others!

Mr. Harris gives his all to his students, and he never complains. He exceeds the expectations of educators and pushes his students to be the best version of themselves. His willingness to always have a smile, and be there for his students who feel alone or underappreciated embodies Mountain Laurel's core value of being a generous steward to others. 

Join us in congratulating our newest hometown hero, Brian Harris!