English, McNairy Central High School, McNairy County Schools
Stacy Jones remembers what it was like when she first realized she was passionate about English.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…