Educator of the Week: Hannah Byrd

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tenn. — It’s time for this week’s Educator of the Week, brought to you by the Tennessee Education Lottery.

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Hannah Byrd is currently a seventh grade math teacher at Haywood Middle School in Brownsville.

She taught at Alamo City Schools and East Side Elementary before landing at Haywood Middle last year. She says both of her parents were educators, but education wasn’t always her goal.

“I started as a business major, and I just knew that I would need to do something that I enjoy. Being around kids is major to me, so that’s why I chose education,” Byrd said.

Soon after her realization, she switched her major and pursued education. She says the past four years of teaching has shown she made the right choice.

“As I go everyday to my class and just see the kids and be around them, I never doubt one second that I wasn’t meant for education,” Byrd said.

Even in hard times, she does what she can to encourage her students. Motivation is a two way street in her classroom.

“I just, all the time, tell them how proud I am of them and that I count on them just as much as they count on me,” Byrd said.

Byrd says her favorite thing about teaching is building that relationship with her students. She adds that classroom encouragement helps to build that relationship with the students.

“Yes, I’m around kids 24/7, but it’s the job of being around them and getting to know them,” Byrd said.

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

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