Frank Vanzant, who teaches pre-calculus and calculus at Tullahoma High School in Tullahoma, would like his legacy as a teacher to resemble the "ripple a stone makes as it hits the surface of the water." Mr. Vanzant would like the lives he touches and influences to touch and influence other lives. Mr. Vanzant particularly prizes those instances when his life and career choice inspire students to become teachers, but in his role as a teacher, he realizes that there are many more ways of making an important difference in a student's life. "Intellectual, social, physical, and ethical development should be promoted to the fullest extent in each student," he says. In the course of a twenty-year career, Mr. Vanzant has introduced many changes to the curriculum design: he has developed a remedial mathematics program, created a computer laboratory, instituted an early-morning mathematics tutorial session, and implemented Advanced Placement Calculus. In the classroom he is always searching for new ideas "pique students interest in mathematics," and to help students explore the relationship of mathematics to matters outside the classroom.
1971 University of Tennessee - Knoxville, B.A.