Educator of the Week: Doug Wede

ALAMO, Tenn. — It’s time to recognize this week’s Educator of the Week, brought to you by the Tennessee Lottery.

After spending years working in management at a food plant, Doug Wede decided he wanted to change his career path to something he was passionate about.

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“Teaching is a calling,” Wede said. “It’s not something that’s for the faint of heart. It’s not something that individuals just go into because it’s something easy to do.”

Wede’s passion for helping the youth become leaders made him switch to education four years ago. He currently is the ISS teacher at Crockett County Middle School, but holds many roles as an educator. Wede believes there is no such thing as a bad student.

“All of the students that come through this school is not a data point,” Wede said. “They’re an individual that we want to reach day in and day out. If you can impact one student, every bit of it is worth it.”

Wede is also a social and emotional learning teacher. He says it’s a class where kids can step back and breathe a bit and talk about the things that impact them the most, while teaching his students to encourage others.

“We hope that gives us the ability to see them grow in the classroom and their core studies as they learn through some of the things that they’re just growing up into,” Wede said. “They’re middle school kids, and middle school kids struggle with things that we sometimes forget about.”

Wede is now eligible for the Tennessee Education Lottery Educator of the Month award. To vote for him or any other nominees, go to the Tennessee Lottery website.

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