Educator Spotlight

  • Derek Voiles

    Seventh-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...
  • Jarred Amato

    Eighth-grade English language arts teacher, Jere Baxter Middle School, Metro Nashville Public Schools
    Jarred Amato is passionate about creating an education system where all students receive an excellent education every day. “To me, there is no greater satisfaction than helping each student find...
  • Amy Kate McMurry

    Second-grade teacher, Kenrose Elementary School, Williamson County Schools
    Amy Kate McMurry comes from a long line of educators, and she is continuing the family tradition with pride. Her real passion for teaching, however, stems from her own personal...
  • Jonathan Bolding

    Grades 5-8 gifted education teacher, Robertson Academy, Metro Nashville Public Schools
    Jonathan Bolding describes himself as “a life-long learner who values the spark that knowledge ignites within the human experience.” He feels privileged to witness repeatedly how that initial spark plants...
  • Kathryn Wisinger

    Grade 6-12 English language learners teacher, DeKalb County Middle School High School, DeKalb County Schools
    To Kathryn Wisinger, being a teacher means being a part of the future and getting to see its potential first hand. She considers her teaching career to be an “amazing”...
  • Brian Moffitt

    Seventh- and eighth-grade history and technology teacher, Black Oak Elementary School, Obion County Schools
    Brian Moffitt knew he wanted to be a teacher as early as high school, and he uses his role now to make the same kind of impact his own teachers...
  • Andrea Fissel

    District Math Coach, Johnson City Schools
    Andrea Fissel believes in the power of high academic standards and has witnessed the positive impact the challenge of the standards has made on the students in her classroom. She...
  • Cherry Ross

    Third-Grade Teacher and Team Leader, Overall Creek Elementary School, Murfreesboro City Schools
    Cherry Ross’s classroom has undergone a dramatic change because of higher standards for both her students and herself. Her third-graders are now learning under Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards, and they are asked to read and comprehend complex nonfiction texts for information and go deeper into content.
  • Debbie Watts

    7th and 8th grade English language arts teacher, Merrol Hyde Magnet School, Sumner County Schools
    Debbie Watts’ passion for teaching is off the charts. “Passionate teachers yield passionate learners,” she says. “I can’t imagine living or learning without passion, and my current 7th and 8th...
  • Cicely Woodard

    8th-grade math teacher, Rose Park Math and Science Magnet, Metro Nashville Public Schools
    The culture of  Cicely Woodard’s classroom demands that all students be engaged in high-level thinking and learning every day. Students sit in small groups at tables and work together. They...
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