Educator of the Week: Renfroe
NORTH JACKSON -- Meet Emily Renfroe, a Kindergarten teacher at Trinity Christian Academy Elementary School in Jackson. Renfroe is a gifted teacher who loves and cares a great deal about her students.
"The best part about teaching is the blessing of loving the kids," Renfroe said. "I love people and I'm a people person."
Renfroe has been teaching for more than 24 years. In that time frame Renfroe has been both a 2nd grade teacher as well as Kindergarten teacher which she has enjoyed the most. Currently she is working toward her 13th year at Trinity Christian Academy.
"My favorite subject to teach is Phonics cause I am the first one really to teach them how to read and that is a fantastic reward. It's just an incredible feeling to know that you started them from scratch in teaching them to put sounds together and how to make them. It's probably my biggest blessing in seeing them learn before they leave me." Renfroe says.
The graduate of both Union University and UT Martin says that she originally thought of becoming a nurse before entering the teaching field until an influential educator of the past persuaded her otherwise.
"Her name was Mrs. Gayle Cagle and it was in Lexington at Kaywood School. By watching her, I can say she definitely was a mentor to me," Renfroe said. "Watching her teach and being with her all day allowed me to learn how to manage a classroom which is huge. If you can't manage your classroom it can be like a zoo."
Renfroe also talks about some of the challenges in the classroom. She alleviates the challenges of a chaotic classroom through interaction with the students so that they are involved in what they are learning. She says that interaction is key for their growing minds in the ability to remember a previous tasks or relation to something new that may be related to something in the future.
"Always work hard and try your best everyday you wake up. Love on others, encourage others, and serve others." Renfroe says.
Renfroe lives by this statement and says that her students can learn anything in the world as long as they believe so that they can succeed. She truly cares for her students and loves where her career is at today.