Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Reedy

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BEMIS, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery is Ontoni Reedy, who has been teaching first- through third-grade for four years at The Montessori School at Bemis. “My favorite part about teaching is just being with the kids and getting to see that spark light up when they get something,” Reedy said. “Just being able to inspire them also is one of the best things I get to do each and every day.” The University of Memphis graduate says teaching was not his first dream but instead was to become a doctor. But a friend inspired him, and he has been hooked ever since. “What really inspired me to be a teacher was in college, afriend of mine who got me a job at a daycare” Reedy said. “I actually went to school to be a doctor, but when I started working with the kids I enjoyed it. It really showed me that teaching could be my calling.” Reedy says he likes the Montessori way of teaching because he can help mold the whole child and work with three different grades in one classroom. “You definitely have to be good at keeping track of everything and really managing a classroom for three grade levels,” Reedy said. “So that is different standards that you have to know for all three classes. If it wasn’t for my assistant, Mrs. Robertson, it would be very difficult.” Ultimately, Reedy wants his students to excel academically and socially regardless of any situation put in front of them. “To be yourself and be confident at it. I think that there is so much when we doubt ourselves, we really keep ourselves from progressing forward,” Reedy said. “But when we are confident in what we can do, we can take that next step to move on.” Reedy will be eligible for the state-wide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. To vote for him 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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