Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Michael Meals

MEDINA, Tenn. — Michael Meals teaches 2nd grade at Medina Elementary School and has been an educator for six years. “I just like this age group. They’re young, their impressionable and they are very engaged and just love learning,” Meals said. Meals grew up in Alabama and earned a degree in forestry from Auburn University, but being a role model for his niece inspired him to go back to school. “I did that for about four or five years, but then I had a niece that was born,” Meals said. “I got to watch her blossom and grow. It just became a passion of mine. I taught Sunday school and I just love teaching.” He earned an additional degree in elementary education from Troy University and said seeking the spark in his students’ eyes while learning is what keeps him coming back every day. “When you see it, it just makes you feel like, ‘OK, I’m making a difference in the world, I’m making gains in the world,’ just allowing them to take a little piece of my knowledge with them.” Meals said doing activities such as stations and PowerPoints keeps his students’ attention throughout the day. “We also try to joke around and have a little fun in here too.” His favorite part about teaching is making an impact on each of his students. “Kids come first, whether it be academic, whether it be personal,” Meals said. “If anything is going on in their lives, I just want to make sure that I’m here for them and that they know I’m here for them.” Meals will now be eligible for the statewide Educator of the Month award. To vote for him, visit seehowitaddsup.com starting Dec. 1. To nominate a teacher for the WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News weekly award, email educator@wbbjtv.com.

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