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Derek VoilesSeventh-grade English language arts teacher, Lincoln Heights Middle School, Hamblen County Schools
Teaching is a passion and a calling for Derek Voiles because he believes that the potential for the future of this country lies in the hearts and minds of today’s students.
“These children will not only be our future leaders, but also our future American workforce,” he says. “It is imperative that we provide them with a rigorous, robust public education that prepares students for college and career in order for our society to continue to thrive.”
Teaching more complex texts has been one strategy that has had a tremendous impact on his students. “It has been personally rewarding to watch my students reach for understanding of texts that they may not have tackled in the past. They are learning persistence, patience, and perseverance – all skills they will take with them the rest of their lives. I’m learning what they can do, and they are learning they can do it!”
Bio: Derek Voiles is a graduate of Carson-Newman University (B. A., M.Ed.) and is currently a doctoral student at East Tennessee State University. In addition to teaching, Derek serves as athletic coach and Scholars Bowl coach. He has served as a Core Coach for the state of Tennessee for three years.