Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Austin
DENMARK, Tenn.–It’s now time to introduce you to this week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery. This week’s winner comes to us from Denmark, TN in West Madison County. Crystie Austin has taught 2nd through 6th grade for more than 13 years at Denmark Elementary School in West Madison County. “My favorite part about teaching is definitely the students. That’s definitely my love and where I put all my passion I put in is for the students.” Austin says. The Lambuth and Walden University graduate says she became interested in education thanks to her grandmother and a dream that she just always wanted to follow. “My grandmother couldn’t read or write when I was little. She worked all the time. Her mom died when she was really young and I use to be her teacher. I actually taught her to read some. From there on I couldn’t think of anything else I wanted to be but a teacher.” Austin says. Austin says she loves teaching 2nd graders the most, but says it can be tough to keep them engaged since every little thing grabs their attention. “You can’t do the sit in your seat thing all day. Even as adults you don’t want to sit in your seat all day. You know your anxious to get out of your seat so if they can move around up and about, mix and mingle it makes learning fun. It makes it more meaningful.” Austin says. Austin says she enjoys seeing her students do their very best in the classroom while seeing their minds continue to grow. Austin feels this is why she wants to give everything she has to help her students succeed. “Always be the best person you can possibly be. Do your very best, don’t except anything less. You should always expect your best and do your best.” Austin says. Austin 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 you can email us at educator at www.wbbjtv.com.