Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Sabrina Deberry Transou

JACKSON, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery teaches here in Jackson at Pope Elementary School.IMG_0050

“If a child can come back to you many years later and tell you ‘thank you,’ it was all worth it,” Sabrina Deberry Transou said.

She has been teaching for 31 years and was inspired to change lives in the classroom from the educators she had growing up.

“As a teacher, to teach you’ve got to muddle down and find out what’s going on in the child’s life,” Transou said. “There are times you come in to school feeling as if you haven’t made an impact at all.”

She said you have to encourage every type of achiever within the classroom so each student can succeed.

“Unless you can rake those things back and help the child to see the light in them, it’s up to you to bring the light in them.”

Transou believes students teach and touch lives just as much as those leading the classroom, even years down the road.

“‘Miss Reverend Sabrina Transou,’ he said. ‘I love you and I never will forget the coat that you brought for me and how you let me know I could make a difference,'” Transou recalled a former student telling her. “So that makes a difference and will always be a memorable moment for me.”

Transou will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in November, 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.