Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Jimmy Coleman

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery isn’t the first teacher in his family.

Jimmy Coleman says he is following in his sister’s footsteps. He teaches kindergarten at Stigall Primary School.jimmy-coleman

“My oldest sister taught at this very school for about 30 to 40 years. I think it was close to 40 years,” Coleman said. “I’m proud to be coming in behind her.”

Coleman grew up in Milan but started his teaching career in the Strawberry City.

“I started off teaching in Sunday school, and I loved teaching the kids,” Coleman said. “I love the way it brightens their minds and just get a smile out of them.”

He said there are challenges but that being a good educator means doing what needs to be done to help the students.

“When they have something else that goes on at home that’s really kind of taken over their mind, we have to get them in and draw them in and get them ready to learn.”

Coleman said the best way to get his students focused is showing them he cares about each one individually.

“We try to offer them the love and support they need when they come in here, and not only just the academics but we want to let them know that we care about them.”

Coleman will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in December, to vote for him or any of the other nominees, visit seehowitaddsup.com.

To nominate a teacher for our weekly award, email us at educator@wbbjtv.com with a brief description explaining why the honor is deserved.