Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Denise Phillips

Jackson, Tenn. — This week’s Educator of the Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery teaches here in Jackson.

denise-phillips“I like to inspire my students to see that love of teaching math, that love of learning something,” Denise Phillips said.

She showed examples of how to problem solve for math solutions.

“Of course they love to see teachers make a mistake, but then you can show them this is where you make your common errors and you learn from them. We learn together.”

Phillips has been teaching for 22 years and began her career in Haywood County before moving to North Parkway Middle School.

“I just love teaching students. I was teaching a youth Sunday school class and saw that they needed an educator in the school system and decided I would teach math,” she said.

As much as she loves being with the students, she said her co-workers also make being an educator worth it.

“My first year of teaching, Miss Jackie Witten inspired me to teach math,” Phillips said. “She didn’t like it. She was the science person and I was the math person. We taught together for 12 years, so I have many fond memories with her.”

Phillips will now be eligible for the statewide Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. Starting in December, to vote for her 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.