Second- and third-grade teacher Allyson Chick of Memphis City Schools was recently named Tennessee Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education.
Eric Barnes, publisher of The Daily News and The Memphis News and host of WKNO’s weekly series “Behind the Headlines,” hosts the half-hour interview with Chick, focusing on her passion for teaching and why she feels she was selected for this honor.
Chick, who has been with MCS since 2001, teaches at Richland Elementary School and is involved in providing input for the Teacher Effectiveness Initiative, an effort to ensure that an effective teacher stands in front of every classroom in Memphis. Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year is also a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award. If she wins, she and her students will get to participate in a Skype meeting with President Barack Obama.