Thoughtful words from a student can brighten any educator's day.
Kindergarten teacher Shelly Gaughan (TN ’18) never thought about becoming an educator until she spent a week teaching ancient civilizations to sixth-graders as part of a high school career discovery program: “I found myself intrigued with the challenge of making this content relevant and exciting.”
Classroom management is no easy feat with five- and six-year-olds, but kindergarten teacher Hailey Couch (OK ’18) is a master. Her secret: “If my students know that I love them and respect them, chances are they will give me the exact same respect in return.”
As Brett Kavanaugh's controversial Supreme Court nomination dominates the news and social media, social studies teacher Paula Franklin (TN '17) shares how she handles discussions of polarizing and sensitive current events.