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Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week: Amy Peterson

By Brittany Patterson
By bpatterson@wbbjtv.com

Chester County Middle School fifth grade teacher Amy Peterson has an obvious favorite subject:

"Math," said Peterson. "I love math though. I'm a math person."

But she says that wasn't always the case, and she uses her former struggles to guide her students.

"I am very honest about the couple of years I had a hard time with math," said Peterson. "So I let them know it is okay to struggle and that one day it might click and you might go on past that."

It's that honesty between herself and students that Peterson says is essential.

"They feel like I can trust them, they can trust me," said Peterson. "And that they can rely on getting a good education when they come here - not just learn about textbooks but learn about life and how to be good people."

This educator hopes to emphasize that being a good person can start with a good attitude in school.

"School is fun. And you get out what you put into it. If they're willing to work hard then they're going to get a lot out of it," said Peterson. "What they do now in life kind of sets the tone for later on in their life."

Peterson's own positivity is proof that it pays off.

"I'm very fortunate to work with really good people in a really good county with very good kids, and very good parents," said Peterson. "This is what I want to be doing."

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