We celebrate their leadership and commitment to students.
Meet the 50 outstanding teachers who are changing lives through their excellence in teaching in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Norman Binkley Elementary
"Other educators have inspired me to always be a reflective teacher. This plays out when looking at lessons, data and best practices. The world of education is always changing, but the willingness to examine ourselves and push to become greater than we currently are makes us the best teachers we can be. I have countless coaches, co workers, and administrators that encourage me to keep growing every day."
Thomas Edison Elementary
"The support form the Nashville community that makes the biggest impact on me and my students is when local organizations and businesses get involved in our school. Whether it's through mentorship programs, involvement shows our students that the community cares about their education and success. It's truly inspiring."
"I believe I've learned to appreciate where many different kinds of people (both young and old) are coming from. I came from a very rural, sparsely populated community. Since teaching I've come to meet and know so many people from many socioeconomic backgrounds. I'm a more well rounded, more empathetic person than I was before becoming a teacher."
James Lawson High
Hattie Cotton Elementary
John Overton High
"I am fortunate enough to work with incredible students and coworkers at Overton. Even if a day is especially tough, I can always count on a student to say something funny or do something kind for a classmate. My coworkers are the most compassionate, thoughtful, and dedicated people I know, and I am grateful to call many of them my closest friends. They keep me striving to be my best self."
Alex Green Elementary
"I have learned patience and empathy from my students. The most important lesson I have learned from students is to be patient with the process. Understanding that every student comes from a different background and brings a different level of knowledge to the classroom, helps me as an educator to learn from each experience."
May Werthan Shayne Elementary
"I know that a child is thriving in my classroom when I see that they are comfortable enough to be themselves and are not afraid to share their feelings with others, including myself. At the end of the day, what matters most is that my kiddos know that they are loved and cared for just the way they are."
Park Avenue Elementary
"The educators who support me to be the best teacher answer my requests for help, model best practices and routines, collaborate, listen, advise and check on my well being. The educators who challenge me to be the best teacher exemplify high professional expectations, implement new instructional practices and consistently do what is best for the student."
Leigh Ann Harbort
"Thriving students are engaged in the material, have opportunities to experience innovative technologies and concepts and use communication tools to meaningfully participate and contribute to their learning. Engagement looks different in my classroom that is adapted for students with disabilities, but as with every classroom, students who are given opportunities to actively participate have a deeper understanding of the world around them."
"I have learned so many things from my students but the lesson that immediately comes to mind is to never stop learning. Students are constantly growing and changing; discovering new parts of themselves along the way as their ideas about the world are challenged, questioned, and shaped by new experiences. I am encouraged to remain a child at heart by their bravery."
Smith Springs Elementary
"It takes a village to have successful students. When community members volunteer their time and talents it makes a huge impact on students. Students are able to see other adults beyond just their family and teachers and can see what options are there for them. Also, students are excited when other adults join them in the building. They feel seen and loved!"
Andrew Jackson Elementary
"The most important lesson I have learned from my students is to live in the moment. It's so easy to get caught up in "What if" that we can forget about the joy around us. When teaching younger students, you see pure joy on their faces when they are line leader, calendar/meteorologist, door holder, etc. They may be those helpers for one day, but it means the world to them! So often in our job we worry about "What if..." and we forget about the amazing things happening right before our eyes."
Lockeland Design Center
Hume-Fogg Magnet High
"My thriving students are engaging with the materials and energized to learn. Since I work with multilingual learners, they are excited to immerse themselves in English while still developing their home language and finding creative ways to communicate with students who are coming from all other the world. These students are happy to rise to the challenge and learn the content and a new language."
"Believe it or not, rainbows are a focal point for me when I feel challenged. To me, rainbows represent promises, possibility, and potential. Even a rainbow, in all of its splendor, is a remnant of rainy days. Just as we are in awe each time a rainbow is revealed, we should adopt the same attitude when experiencing adversity and challenging days. Being reminded that after the rain, the sun will shine again and produce a lovely rainbow, motivates me to focus on the whole picture and not just the current circumstance."
"Reflecting on my 30+ years as an educator, I see many lessons learned from students. These incredible humans have taught me invaluable lessons by simply "being." You think of educators as teachers, but in reality, all students teach. Their teachings have impacted me. They have manifested themselves in my teaching practice. I have learned from students that if I invest in them, they will invest in me and be willing to listen and learn."
KIPP Academy Nashville
"The most important lesson I have learned from my students is that every one has a story. Each student brings with them into the classroom their faith, language, culture, identity, interests, and experiences. As an educator, my role is to help cultivate their minds and provide them with the necessary tools to reach their full potential. It is important to recognize and embrace the diversity that each student brings and create a safe and inclusive learning environment where they can thrive."
"I am motivated to see my kids in the future. The future being the next semester, grade levels, and adulthood. I know what kind of world is waiting for my students and I want them to be prepared for it. Whether they choose college or career, I want them to have a choice. Education can never be taken away and it can take you far in life. I want to see my students succeed. And I love when kids come back to share with me, give hugs, or recognize me as an adult when I taught them in kindergarten!"
Lisa Lame Quinn
Meigs Middle Magnet
"Thriving students are thinking, reading, writing, speaking, and laughing in class daily. For me it is all about connections. Students who feel connected to their teachers and classmates have a greater sense of belonging. In a classroom where we are spending much of our time working together, feeling like you belong is an essential part of being successful academically and socially."
Waverly Belmont Elementary
"When work gets challenging, I look to small successes in my students for motivation. When a student masters a skill that they have been struggling with for a long time or tells me how excited they are for school when they first arrive, I am reminded of why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place."
Carter Lawrence Elementary
Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet
"Teenagers are some of the coolest people, and I get to be a part of their story. Teaching can get really difficult, quickly at that. But when a student comes by to just to tell me that they got a good grade on a test in another class, or that their soccer team is going to the next level of tournament, or to invite me to go to their choir concert or to the musical that they are in, it makes my day. Its knowing that my students trust me enough (and are excited) to share their lives with me that brings me joy."
Kaci Bolls Scott
Lockeland Design Center
"Thriving students in my class will of course be working hard, engaged in productive struggle, learning and growing, but MOST importantly they will also be laughing, smiling, and feeling so comfortable in these four walls. Growing a respectful and close-knit community within the classroom is the key to allowing students to get to a place where they can thrive."
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