Educator Spotlight

  • 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...
  • Penny Ferguson

    11th grade English teacher, Maryville High School, Maryville City Schools
    Penny Ferguson employs a creative, motivational, interactive teaching style that excites and encourages students to do more, to learn more, to be more.  Her interdisciplinary approach to learning – using...
1 2 3