Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: John Crenshaw

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TRENTON, Tenn. — Fun is the name of the game for this coach and social studies teacher at Spring Hill School. “We’re a fun school,” John Crenshaw said. “We have a great principal, and we try to work together because we are a team.” Crenshaw makes his classroom a fun environment so learning is interesting for his students. “I try to start off teaching history — geography or economics, any of it — as a story,” Crenshaw said. “I always liked growing up when teachers would teach us using stories and things like that to catch the interest of the students.” Crenshaw has been teaching for 15 years and been in the Gibson County Special School District for eight. He became interested in teaching because his mother was a history teacher. “There is so many historical events that happened right here, and it’s not like you have to go overseas or anything like that,” Crenshaw said. “It’s right here. You can live it, you can go see it right in this area, and I want the kids to take that away and get some of the joy out of history that I get out of it.” Crenshaw says he loves seeing his students eager to learn. “They come to school, they want to learn, they try. We don’t have any disciplinary problems out here. We just have a really good school.” He is currently named social studies teacher of the year, and the recognition is something he cherishes, along with every student. “It means a lot to me, touches my heart. So I’m proud of it and proud of them.” Crenshaw will be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month Award. To vote for him or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com. To nominate a teacher for the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com.

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