EDUCATION WINS EDUCATION WINS Educator of the Month TEL Your Story Scholarships and Grants Was your favorite teacher recognized as a Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week in your hometown? Then vote for him or her to be honored as the statewide Educator of the Month! Just click on the photo below to cast your vote. And come back often – you can vote once every day! March Educator of the Month Kristina Birkhead Winfree Bryant Middle School What do you like most about teaching?I love bringing magic to my classroom and watching my students light up with excitement about their education. VOTE Tammy TroutmanEast Side ElementaryI love to see them learning. I love the excitement and I just can't imagine doing anything else. VOTE Benjamin BurtonSequoyah High SchoolHaving students come back to me later to tell me how they used their knowledge in a real-world setting. VOTE Katrina SeekampSusan Gray SchoolCultivating a safe, inclusive classroom so students can learn and grow while feeling nurtured and loved. VOTE Melody CrockettHappy Valley High SchoolI love establishing relationships and being confident that they are going to rise to the highest level that they can. VOTE Kerri PorterNormal Park SchoolTeaching is the most rewarding job. I love building relationships with the kids and seeing the progress they make. VOTE KiAunn BrownGreen Magnet AcademyI love helping students gain confidence within their abilities to be exceptional students and thrive in math. VOTE Kelly PollockBattle Creek Middle SchoolSeeing my students succeed and knowing that they are giving it their all and trying their hardest. VOTE Meghan GriffithNorth Hamilton ElementaryCreating a safe place for them to learn and grow. I don’t have students for one year, I have them for a lifetime. VOTE Ashley BranhamAbraham Lincoln Elementary To get my students to see that regardless of circumstances, with hard work they can accomplish all that they want. VOTE Laura CainBearden Elementary SchoolI love making learning fun. I feel that kids get more involved. Songs, games, plays and experiments all the time! VOTE Leah LeonardTrousdale County ElementaryThe progress you see that students have made makes every moment of teaching rewarding. VOTE Amber SpeightHollis F. Price Middle College High SchoolI love impacting children! VOTE Marianne ValdezHaywood Middle SchoolI love teaching, and I love teaching these kids. They have a special place in my heart. VOTE Brandi ShupeBall Camp ElementaryTo be given the opportunity to challenge and grow my students is a tremendous blessing and responsibility! VOTE Felicia AgeePortland East Middle SchoolThe relationships I build with my students. Yes, we have ah-ha moments, but I love the connections we create! VOTE Melissa DavisLittle Milligan Elementary I like to see the children. When they've learned something, their eyes light up. I hope that I'm making a difference in their lives. VOTE Ashlee GardnerRiceville ElementaryStarting them off in pre-k, I enjoy watching the difference teaching has on their futures and their families. VOTE Aaren CassidyUniversity Campus SchoolI love teaching because I get the pleasure of teaching my students. I get the honor of them teaching me as well. VOTE Ang O'BrienIsaac Lane Tech Magnet Elementary"I like it all!" ...O'Brien says she loves learning from her students.