Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Mallory Autry

McLEMORESVILLE, Tenn. — This week’s educator of the week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery teaches at West Carroll Primary School.

Mallory Autry is a Clarksburg native starting her teaching career in the same county.

20160907_101002“I always wanted to stay in Carroll County, and I love it,” Autry said. “I have the most wonderful teachers here with me that show me what to do and are patient with me and so kind. I’m very thankful.”

Patience being one of the characteristics she says makes a quality teacher.

“You need to be patient and loving. It takes so much more than just being able to give a test and saying ‘oh yeah, you know this, this and this …’ You’ve got to listen to them and their individual needs. Just know what they need to succeed in life.”

Autry said there are challenges but that having fun keeps the students connected.

“You have to be pretty crazy and goofy all of the time,” Autry said. “So when y’all came in and saw me doing the Macarena, you have to do stuff like that — otherwise they’re not interested.”

She said her teachers, especially her pre-K teacher, inspired her to become a teacher.20160907_101154

“I had Miss Gena Maddix at Clarksburg. She was always good to me. She cared about your well being,” Autry said. “I do use her as inspiration. She does come to mind in a lot of my lessons.”

Autry will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in October, to vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com.

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com with a brief description explaining why the honor is deserved.