Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Week: Theresa Donald

HUNTINGDON, Tenn— This week’s Educator Of The Week presented by the Tennessee Education Lottery is from Carroll County.

Theresa Donald has been an educator for an astounding 40 years here in West Tennessee. The last 20 years she has taught at Huntingdon Primary School, but prior to that she taught at Clarksburg where she also taught for 20 years.

Theresa knew from a early age that she wanted to work with children.

“My first grade teacher was miss Daisy Williams. She was just wonderful,” Donald said. “Also my coaches at Union University, they were just good role models. So, I decided I wanted to be around kids.”

She says the drive to teach has guided her career choices.

“I started out wanting to coach PE, but then I decided that my job was to be in the classroom to help kids learn to read. Even as a child I always wanted to work with kids.”

This is the last class Donald will lead.  She’s retiring at the end of this school year. She says she’ll cherish one thing the most. “Watching the kids learn,  especially to read. And to watch their expression as I brag on them about reading, and then their little eyes will light up. They’re just so happy.”

Donald is now eligible to be the Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month. Starting in June, to vote for her or any of the other nominees, visit www.seehowitaddsup.com.

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