Educator Spotlight

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    Stacy Jones

    English, McNairy Central High School, McNairy County Schools

    Stacy Jones remembers what it was like when she first realized she was passionate about English.

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    Lindsey Hagan

    Assistant Principal, Wallace A. Smith Elementary, Hamilton County Schools

    For Lindsey Hagan, there are many ways to raise student achievement. “If we all integrate and collaborate to grow children emotionally, behaviorally, and academically – I believe students will go further in life,” she says.

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    Martha Shaffer

    Air Force JROTC, Maplewood High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools

    Colonel Shaffer’s path in education has been shaped by her own experiences. She remembers how much her community gave to allow her to become a successful United States Air Force officer, and she teaches ROTC with the goal of supporting her students to a bright future. JROTC gives students “tools that help them become productive citizens,” she explains.

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    Leticia Skae

    English, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

    How does Leticia Skae ensure a wonderful educational experience for every student? Careful planning, accountability through data, and collaboration with other teachers.

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    Dana Casey

    English language arts, Highland Elementary, Lincoln County Schools

    Dana Casey loves the challenge of teaching students something new. “A student saying ‘This is the first time I’ve ever understood this concept,” she says, “is the most rewarding feeling.”

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    Brad Gentry

    Robotics and pre-engineering, Greene Technology Center, Greeneville City Schools

    Pre-engineering and robotics. Two subjects that cause intellectual cowering among even some of the highly-educated. But in Brad Gentry’s classroom, these two notoriously difficult subjects are accessible and, he argues, important for success.

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    Amanda Nixon

    Fifth grade, Riverwood Elementary School, Shelby County Schools

    Most of Amanda Nixon’s students enter her class either loving or hating math. Those who hate math are students who typically say that they just don’t get it. But Ms. Nixon has a solution for them – or rather, many solutions.

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    Cathy Whitehead

    Third-grade teacher, West Chester Elementary School, Chester County Schools

    In the beginning, parent-teacher conferences were not working for Cathy Whitehead, the 2015-16 Tennessee Teacher of the Year…

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    Bonnie Lowery

    Sixth-grade science teacher, Coulter Grove Intermediate School, Maryville Schools

    “The greatest lesson from science is that of the scientific method,” says Bonnie Lowery, a Maryville middle school science teacher. In her classroom, she highlights the scientific method – not…

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    Kyle Prince

    Algebra 2 teacher, Central Magnet School, Rutherford County

    Most people don’t jump out of bed, excited to teach math to teenagers, but Kyle Prince is an exception. He wakes up every day with a passion for his subject…

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