Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Michelle York

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Michelle York teaches 6th grade math at Northeast Middle School and ties technology into her lessons. “They all have laptops while they’re in class, so I do as much with technology as possible,” York said. York grew up in Milan and graduated from UT Martin. She has been an educator for 11 years.

“As a child I always wanted to be a teacher. I liked to play school, just like most little girls do,” she said. “I really liked being in school and I didn’t really want to leave that behind. This career just seemed fitting.” She has two class websites that allow her students and their parents access to everything going on in the classroom. “I record myself teaching lessons and uploading those to our websites,” York said. “The biggest complaint we hear is parents don’t know how to help. So I found that this does help them help their children.” York says her favorite part about teaching is the upward growth each student shows. “I just like to see where my kids start and then where they end up, even if it’s just two-week growth period or the end of the school year growth period.” York will now be eligible for the statewide 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 the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News weekly award, email educator@wbbjtv.com.

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