Editor’s note: This is the first installment of The Daily News Journal’s weekly education roundup. Every week, we will share happenings in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County’s public, charter and private schools, as well as home schooling in the area. Story ideas? Contact reporter Nancy DeGennaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the latest news from schools across Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.
teen authors book
Chris Steadman, a senior at La Vergne High School, has self-published his first young adult book on Amazon.
The book, called “Time to Scrap,” chronicles the struggle of protagonist Joseph, who aims to win a fighting tournament and rise from a life of poverty, gangs and violence in his urban neighborhood.
“Many kids like me in my community just want to do sports, or music, but this is different and can show them and inspire them to do different things,” Steadman said. “It can also encourage younger people and teens to read. Many don’t see it as ‘cool,’ but if they see someone like them doing it, then maybe they would see it differently.
The 133-page book is currently available for purchase on Amazon. A digital version of the book is also available free for current Kindle subscribers.
Teacher wins national award
Brittany Taylor doesn’t want her students to just sit and listen as she teaches history lessons — she wants them to be completely engaged while they learn.
Taylor is the most recent winner of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.
Taylor began her teaching career in 2012 as a student-teacher at Rockvale Middle and has always had her heart set on teaching at the school since her first year.
“I fell in love with middle-schoolers, and I fell in love especially with Rockvale. So, I added on my endorsement and taught one year at Smyrna Middle with ELA. Then I’ve been here ever since teaching history,” Taylor said .
The wall behind Taylor’s desk is decorated with certificates and plaques of recognition for her teaching achievements. Her nomination for TCSS Teacher of the Year 2019 is there too. The award is nice, Taylor said, but more important are the students.
“What I love about my job is the kids and seeing them learning something new and then finally getting it,” Taylor said. “Just the excitement they bring to the content itself. I love thinking about ways that I could help them grasp something that maybe they’re struggling with or making something more fun.”
From lesson plans to classroom engagement, Taylor’s social studies students have something to look forward to each day in their history lessons.
“My favorite thing that some kids tell me is, ‘You know — I didn’t like history before — but you make it really fun.”‘
‘Best for All’
The Tennessee Department of Education spotlighted Murfreesboro City Schools and Rutherford County Schools as “Best for All” districts for significantly investing federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to drive student achievement and improve academic outcomes.
“Best for All” districts will receive financial, operational and resource benefits in appreciation for districts’ planned investments to spend their share of the federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding directly on services, resources and supports that will help students achieve academically.