Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Debra Steen

MICHIE, Tenn. — This week’s Educator Of The Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery is from McNairy County.

Debra Steen has been teaching students for 30 years. In that time, she has taught a couple of different subjects. The last several years have been in science.

“I’ve been teaching science the last six, seven, eight years, but before that I taught a computer lab,” Steen said.

Growing up, Steen was always someone who enjoyed helping others better understand the subject that was being taught.

“Math and their science and their reading — I did that all the way through high school,” she said. “Even in my high school prophecy they predicted I would be a teacher!”

She went to college right here in West Tennessee, attending  Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson where she obtained her undergraduate degree. She then obtained her master’s degree from Bethel University.

Steen prefers her students get hands-on with projects and activities. She says this is the best way to learn.

“The students love to work hands-on. I have a Chinese proverb on my board. It says, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember, and I do and I understand.”

Steen is now eligible to be the Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month. Starting in May, to vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com. Include a brief description of why they deserve the honor.