In October, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced that Allyson Chick is Tennessee's Teacher of the Year. Commissioner Huffman considered three finalists, one each from West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and East Tennessee. Ms. Chick's accomplishment reflects very well on Memphis City Schools, which has not had a teacher win the award for 29 years.
Ms. Chick is a third grade teacher at Richland Elementary School, and is apparently well-loved by her students. She's won a $5,000 prize, and will be competing in the national teacher of the year contest. She's a hard worker on behalf of her students and her colleagues. A National Board-certified teacher, she works late and attends her students' birthday parties.
MCS gets so much terrible publicity related to its problems, but often does not get any recognitition for the things that it is doing well. MCS has problems, but it is able to attract and retain high-performing, effective teachers who are willing to work their tails off for their students, and are successful in lifting student achievement.
Congratulations, Ms. Chick! Kudos on your accomplishments, and thank you so much for your hard work!