It is such a humbling experience to receive the nomination for teacher of the year by a group of people whom I value and respect. I feel very fortunate to share this nomination with such deserving educators. As long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I am living out the calling placed on my life many years ago. I consider it an awesome privilege to be a part of this profession.
I began my professional career sixteen years ago working one-on-one as a special education paraprofessional at an elementary school with children who had challenges that no one should have to face. It was then that I realized the key to reaching and teaching children from ALL walks of life is building relationships, both with the students and their families. I strive to make all of my children feel accepted, safe and most of all, loved everyday! I truly believe that each child has a desire to learn but we, as educators, must tap into that desire and foster his/her individual abilities.
I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. While student teaching, I received the Student Teacher of the Year Award from the education department at TNU. Over the years, I have committed myself to stretch and grow as a teacher. My continued study of pedagogy, in and out of the state of Tennessee, has given me the opportunity to learn and share new teaching methods with my peers. I have attended conferences, classes and trainings throughout the years to gain new strategies and techniques. Because of this I have led professional learning at JES as well as at the district level. I have served on several JES committees, was named to Johnson’s leadership committee 2016-17, and launched the JES Student Leadership Council. I enjoy hosting morning math clubs each day; I have served as a tutor for United Way and have taught summer classes for Gentry’s Educational Foundation. Because of my love of teaching and reaching kids, when school is not in session, I open my home to host cooking camps for kids in the community.
I consider myself blessed and honored to teach at Johnson Elementary School. I look forward to many more years of serving students and the community that has afforded me so many opportunities, personally and professionally. I work with the BEST of the BEST! There are so many of you who are deserving of this award. I am beyond thankful for this nomination and I’m overjoyed to be recognized as JES Teacher of the Year.