Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Arnold

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — It is time to introduce this week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery. This week’s winner comes to us from Northeast Madison County. Sherry Arnold says she uses a combination of caring and technology to get her Kindergartners to hit that “ah ha” moment of learning. “Seeing those light bulb moments where they obtain a skill, and they take that skill they learned to the next level to master it. That’s what really excites me and gets me going.” Arnold said. Arnold comes from a family of teachers and is a product of Union University where she earned a master’s degree in education. She has been teaching for more than 14 years, eight of which were in special education while the rest have been in Pre-K and Kindergarten. “Dr. Cleo Boyd, which is a former educator here in Jackson, would allow me to come and visit my mother’s classroom,” Arnold said. “They would put me to work doing things. So I got to see my mother teach and emulated that growing up.” Arnold says the teaching can sometimes be challenging because students learn at different speeds. This is especially true of such subjects as math and reading where some students pick up on the material faster than others. “We do pre-assessment at the beginning to see where they are so we can differentiate our teaching methods and their learning styles,” Arnold said. She says one-on-one attention gives students confidence in the classroom. “Continue to learn and grow. Never give up on learning, always find one new thing to learn each day and that will help you grow and become the person you want to be,” Arnold said. Arnold will be eligible for the state-wide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. To vote for her or any of the other nominees, go to seehowitaddsup.com. To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com.

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